Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila–The Philippine Navy (PN) will send-off Naval Task Group 80.5 (NTG 80.5) on board BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17)to participate in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2017) in Langkawi, Malaysia from March 21-26, 2017.
After the exhibition, NTG 80.5 will undertake goodwill visits to Lumut and Klang, also in Malaysia, prior to its return to the Philippines on April 6, 2017.The Vice Commander, Philippine Navy, REAR ADMIRAL RAFAEL G MARIANO AFP, will preside over the Send-Off Ceremony for the 208 members of the PN contingent on board FF17, the Navy’s newest acquisition.
ThisInternational Defense and Security Engagement will be highlighted by the attendance of the Flag Officer in Command, PN (FOIC, PN) in the Chief of Navy Roundtable Talks (CNRT) and the participation of FF17 in the LIMA Sea Exercise (LSX), a half-day Multinational Naval Exercise among participating countries.
The goodwill visits to Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) bases in Lumut and Klang shall serve to strengthen the friendly relationship between the PN and the RMN. They are also intended to “show the flag” to inspire Filipino communities in Malaysia to support the endeavors of the PN and the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a whole.
LIMA is one of the most influential exhibitions in Asia since this is a dedicated maritime and aerospace exhibition for defense, civil and commercial aviation, shipbuilding and ship repair. As such, the occasion provides a great opportunity for the PN to widen its perspective as a modernizing Navy in the various avenues of an upgrade, especially that this event includes the exhibit of modern naval platforms.
The PN’s last participation was in the 2011 edition of the LIMA Exhibition.