Naval Task Group 80.5 lauded for RIMPAC 2020 efforts

Naval Task Group 80.5 lauded for RIMPAC 2020 efforts

MANILA – The commander of the Philippine Navy (PH Navy) contingent to the RIMPAC 2020 exercises, Navy Captain Jerry Garrido, NTG 80.5, expressed his appreciation for the dedication shown by all members of the Naval Task Group (NTG) 80.5 which participated in the two-week long ‘Rim of the Pacific’ (RIMPAC) exercises off the coast of Hawaii from August 17 to 31.

Garrido, who is chief and concurrent commanding officer of the country’s first missile frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), lauded all 125 members of the contingent for all their hard work in making sure that Philippine participation in the biennial naval exercise was a success. This, he said, greatly helped in “promoting the Philippine Navy’s objective of strengthening the relationship and multilateral cooperation among regional and extra-regional navies.”

Members of the Naval Task Group 80.5 pose for a photo opportunity
at the closing ceremony of the 'Rim of the Pacific' at the Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, 1 September 2020.
JOB WELL DONE. Members of the Naval Task Group 80.5 pose for a photo opportunity
at the closing ceremony of the ‘Rim of the Pacific’ at the Pearl Harbor in Hawaii,
Tuesday, 1 September 2020. The biennial exercise took place from 17 to 31
August off the coast of Hawaii. (Photo courtesy of PH Naval Public Affairs Office)

The two-week exercise also served as the ‘shakedown cruise’ of BRP Jose Rizal which was officially commissioned on 10 July at the Alava Wharf in Subic Bay, Zambales, departing on July 29 and arriving in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 15 August after a fueling stop in Guam last 2 August.

“FF-150, with 125-strong men and women of Naval Task Group 80.5, successfully participated in serialized training, advanced integration, and free play training activities that were purely executed at sea amid the prevailing global pandemic,” PH Navy public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said.

This year’s RIMPAC included 53 replenishment-at-sea events, 101 pallets of cargo distributed, over 16,000 rounds of small arms munitions shot, over 1,000 large caliber weapons fired, 13 missiles expended, and 1,100 pounds of mail delivered.

“These multi-dimensional training exercises allowed the members of NTG 80.5 to work in conjunction as they put into test the PH Navy’s first four-dimensional warfare-capable frigate that is at par with those of other participating navies,” Roxas said.

She added that the PH Navy’s participation in a naval exercise of such magnitude advances its maritime operational capability to a multilateral level, thus, increasing its readiness and inter-operability with foreign navies. It further builds and strengthens mutual understanding through cooperative activities of multi-national maritime forces.

Meanwhile, PH Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo congratulated the NTG 80.5 for “completing all given serials of the exercise which demonstrates her (FF-150’s) capability to handle various operational requirements” without any derangement on the frigate’s weapons, communications, electronics, and information system hull, machinery, and electrical systems.

Also, Bacordo said the PH Navy contingent took advantage of RIMPAC 2020 to train as a team, put the ship at pace with possible real-world scenarios, and got the crew to gel.

As this developed, US 3rd Fleet and RIMPAC20 commander Vice Admiral Scott Conn, during the closing ceremony on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), visited the area where the ships of the 10 participating nations — including the Philippines’ BRP Jose Rizal — are docked to congratulate them for taking part in the exercise.

“We strengthened relationships and deepened our sense of trust in one another. Each one of our navies has something to offer and that diverse range of knowledge and professionalism is what makes us stronger, and allows us to work together to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region and ultimately, our collective prosperity,” he added. (PNA)

Fatured Photo: BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150), with its 125 strong contingent joins the Rim of the Pacific, RIMPAC 2020, naval exercises off the coast of Hawaii, 17-31 August. BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) is the first multi-purpose frigate of the PH Navy that is capable of carrying out anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine and electronic warfare. It was commissioned 10 July this year and is the newest among all ships for RIMPAC 2020.

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