Pearl Harbor, Hawaii – The two Philippine Navy (PN) vessels, BRP ANDRES BONIFACIO (FF-17) and BRP DAVAO DEL SUR (LD-602) arrived around 10am this morning, Manila time in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2018, with one Augusta Westland Helicopter to complete the contingent led by the Commander, Naval Task Force 86, Captain Ernesto O Baldovino PN(GSC).
RIMPAC 2018 with its theme, "Capable, Adaptive, Partners” is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971 that is held biennially. For the first time the PN is sending a Naval Task Force to participate in the world's largest joint and combined naval exercise, scheduled from June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. This is by far the largest International Defense and Security Engagement (IDSE) that the PN will participate for this year with the Commander, Fleet-Marine Ready Force, Commodore Toribio D. Adaci Jr as its head of the mission.
Participating nations will demonstrate the inherent capabilities of their respective naval forces through a wide range of realistic exercises that includes Human Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR), Maritime Security Operations, Sea Maneuvers and complex warfighting. The exercise not only aims to harness each nation’s naval capabilities but also to bolster cooperation among participating nations to secure the maritime commons against threats.
The PN’s participation in this undertaking is indeed an attestation that the nation’s premier maritime force is “coming of age”, consistent to its vision towards a strong and credible navy, that our maritime nation can be proud of.