Manila — The Philippine Navy has just formally sent off 2nd Marine Battalion for its deployment to the operational area in a simple ceremony this morning held at CAPT SALVO Pier, Sangley Point, Cavite City. This has been officiated by no less than the Acting Flag-Officer-In-Command Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph S Mercado AFP who is also the Guest of Honor and Speaker, along with the Commandant Philippine Marine Corps, Maj Gen Andre M Costales Jr AFP. The unit movement is part of the rotation policy of the Command to retrain and refurbish Marine Battalions in the field.
Composed of more or less 500 strong Marines, the 2nd Marine Battalion led by their Battalion Commander Lt Col Jose Marie Santos PN(M). Said unit will be deployed in the Central Mindanao particularly in Sultan Kudarat Province after finishing the training program of the Corps at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Taguig City. The 2nd Marine Battalion had undergone rigorous re-training from April – November 2016. Along with the training program are booth lectures and practical exercises on admin matters, military tactics, simulated military planning, live-fire maneuvers, marksmanship, rigid physical fitness activities, and the recently concluded RP-US Amphibious Landing Exercise 2016.
Prior to its re-training, the unit has earned numerous victories against lawless elements and terrorists in the Southern part of the Philippines. Its major accomplishments include combat operations against the dreaded Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Tawi-Tawi and Sulu while equally performed significant non-traditional roles such as civil-military operations that has gained superb appreciation from the natives as well as stakeholders at said areas.
This recent deployment will certainly boost the AFP’s quest in winning the peace and maintaining stability within the region.