Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila, Philippines – The Fleet-Marine Ready Force (FMRF), under the leadership of Commo. Albert A. Mogol, accorded an arrival ceremony for the Philippine Navy (PN) contingent onboard BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF16) here today, 10 a.m. following their successful port visit to Cam Ranh, Vietnam from Dec. 2 to 12, 2016.
Navy Captain Dennis Rommel Quines, Commander of Naval Task Force (NTF) 80.5, headed the PN contingent comprised of more or less 300 officers and men from the FMRF Directorate, Surface Warfare Students, medical team from Cavite Naval Hospital, Naval Special Operations Team, Helicopter Detachment Afloat (AW109), Submarine Group, Naval Combat Engineering Brigade Combo and representatives from the Support Base Facilities of Naval Installation Command.
During the port visit, the head of mission, Commo. Albert A Mogol, together with Capt. Dennis Rommel Quines, and the Commanding Officer of FF16, Cdr. Jeff Rene Nadugo, paid a courtesy call to the Commander of Naval Region 4, Vietnam People’s Navy and the Leader of Khanh Hoa Province Committee in Nah Trang to engage in a dialogue and establish the strategic partnership on maritime security and sustain a mutual respect and cooperation.
This port visit also provided training opportunity for twenty (20) Students of Surface Warfare Commanders Course to be able to have a friendly exchange of knowledge with Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) Officers and to expose themselves on good seamanship.
The port visit was a bilateral engagement between the Philippine Navy and the Vietnam People’s Navy to strengthen alliance and commitment towards peace and stability in the maritime region by promoting naval diplomacy, camaraderie and fostering goodwill. During the port visit, series of events were conducted such as combined planning for Passing exercise (PASSEX) to enhance the interoperability between the two navies, goodwill games, city tour, and social interaction.