POBLACION BEACH, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental (DWDD) – Central Command (CENTCOM) through the Naval Forces Central (NFC), Philippine Navy (PN) held here an amphibious raid exercise where it simulate a military operation launched from the sea by an amphibious force, embarked from a ship or craft with the primary purpose of introducing a landing force ashore to project ground power onto a hostile or potentially hostile shore at a designated landing beach to accomplish their assigned mission. The exercise was executed by the landing force from 8th Marine Brigade (Reserve) of Naval Reserve Center – Western Visayas (NRCWV) aboard the Landing Craft (LC290) – BRP AGTA) of the Philippine Navy. The landing force was composed of One (1) Company (One Hundred (100) pers from NRCen-Western Visayas, Thirty (30) personnel from NRCen-EV) and they had simultaneously conducted disembarkation procedures and squad maneuvers. Their raiding component also eliminated the remaining enemies and subsequently rescued civilian hostages during the hostage crisis scenario of the activity.
Patrol Craft (PC114 – BRP SALVADOR ABCEDE) was utilized also to serve as Support Vessel that conducted simulated Naval Gun Fire Support (NGFS) during the said exercise. One (1) Seal Team with two (2) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs NAVSOU 5) served as the unit conducting the beachhead clearing prior the landing of the main landing force. Fire Fighting Team, Medical Team, and PNP SWAT then arrived at the scene after the area is cleared and declared safe in order to restore peace and order that was struck at a moment during the hostage-taking crisis scenario.
The Commander, Naval Forces Central also the Commander of Maritime Joint Task Force Area Shield (MJTF “AS”), Commodore Loumer P Bernabe AFP spearheaded the event and was witnessed by the Commander Naval Reserve Command, Brigadier General Arthur M Biyo AFP, the Governor of Negros Occidental, Hon Alfredo G Maraan Jr., the Mayor of Sipalay City Hon. Oscar C. Montilla Jr. and other prominent personalities from the AFP, PNP, LGUs and other community sectors.
The conduct of such exercise serves as a response to the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy’s (FOIC, PN) guidance to capacitate and develop the reserve force for it to mirror the active component in order to reach the level of seamless integration of the reserve force into the regular force. Said exercise will also support Central Command (CENTCOM) Campaign Plan “AbanteVisayas” that will be focusing its operations in Negros and Samar Islands in line with the AFPs simultaneous intensified Internal Security Operations to CENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR). CENTCOM / MCAG