Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila- The Philippine Navy rendered an Arrival Ceremony at 9 a.m. today at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila for the returning BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17) in connection with its recently concluded participation in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2017) last March 21-26, 2017 in Langkawi Island, Malaysia and subsequent port visits to Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) bases in Lumut and in Port Klang, Malaysia.
The Flag Officer in Command of the Philippines Navy (FOIC, PN), Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph S Mercado AFP, presided over the Arrival Ceremony for the one hundred ninety-nine (199) members of the PN contingent. LIMA is one of the most influential exhibitions in Asia as a dedicated maritime and aerospace exhibition for defense, civil and commercial aviation, shipbuilding and ship repair. Highlights of this exhibition were the Chief of Navy Roundtable Talks (CNRT) and the LIMA Sea Exercise (LSX).
The successful goodwill visits to Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) bases in Lumut and Klang reinforced the deepening friendship between the PN and the RMN. RMN offered a Facility Tour in Lumut Naval base to student-officers of Naval Officer’s Basic Course (NOBC) Class 27. Further, PN and RMN conducted a goodwill football game that manifested the kind of camaraderie among our personnel.
In Port Klang, the Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia HE J. Eduardo Malaya hosted a diplomatic reception on board FF17 with Malaysian Armed Forces Chief Staff Lt. Gen. Dato’ Abdul Halim bin Hadji Jalal as the Guest of Honor (GOH) and attended by more or less ninety (90) dignitaries from the diplomatic community as well as members of the Filipino community in Kuala Lumpur.
This mission to Malaysia aimed to showcase our improving naval capabilities and to simulate a sense of pride among Filipinos in Malaysia for our Armed Forces and the Filipino nation. It was also a way of soliciting appreciation and support for the PN’s modernization programs.
“To the Philippine Navy delegation, we are truly proud and deeply honored of your presence here in Malaysia. You made us proud as Filipinos”. said Phil Ambassador Malaya.