Sangley Point, Cavite City- The Philippine Navy’s elite force, Naval Special Operation Group (NAVSOG) celebrated its 62nd founding anniversary with a theme, "NAVSOG: 62 years of Honor, Duty and Patriotism" at Headquarters Naval Special Operations Group, Naval Base Cavite, Sangley Point, Cavite City on November 06, 2018.
The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) General Carlito Galvez Jr, graced the momentous event as guest of honor and speaker. One of the highlights for this year anniversary was the awarding of the outstanding NAVSOG personnel. Prior to this activity, an arrival honors was accorded to Gen Galvez followed by his conferment of Honorary SEAL Rites.
Historically, the NAVSOG traces its origin from the former Philippine Underwater Operations Team (UOT) that was first established on November 05, 1956 after the UOT of the United States of America. The team was composed of 1 officer and 6 enlisted personnel. The pioneer members of the team were called "frogmen" as they can operate in both land and water. After years of improvement, UOT expanded its scope and core competencies which includes all facets of special operations and unconventional warfare capabilities presently known as Naval Special Operations Group.
This year, highlights of the NAVSOG accomplishments involved of its participation in the conduct of Naval Special Operations during the Marawi Siege. They served as the first line of defense for retreating rebels and incoming reinforcements. Moreover, other than the conduct of special operations, NAVSOG were also commendable on their deployment in disaster-stricken areas in the country.
The NAVSOG thrust remain committed to maintain and protect a safe maritime environment for the country and to continue to be more and reliable elite force towards strong and credible Navy