Philippine Navy Sends Alcaraz for Biggest Aussie War Games
Subic Bay, Zambales – BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) departed here Sunday after the Send-Off Ceremony to participate in the multilateral naval exercise dubbed as “KAKADU 2014” that will be hosted by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from Aug. 25, to Sept. 12, 2014 at Northern Australia Exercise Area. The Vice Commander, Philippine Navy, Rear Adm. Isabelo H Gador AFP headed the event.
Said exercise will be participated by 180 strong Philippine Navy personnel that includes the crew of PF 16, the crew of PN helicopter Augusta Westland PNH431, medical team, and the exercise directorate members.
KAKADU is the largest international maritime exercise hosted biennially by RAN and represents an opportunity to promote and enhance regional interoperability and cooperation among the participating navies.
This year’s exercise will be participated by 12 countries. The participating countries with navy ships/aircrafts are Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Pakistan and Australia while Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Vanuatu, South Korea, and India will be sending personnel as observers.
This is the second time the PN has sent its ship to participate since the exercise began way back in 1993. The first time that the PN sent a ship was in 1999. PN observers were also sent in 2003, 2005, and 2007.
PN’s participation is expected to enhance its surface warfare capabilities and interoperability with regional navies. It will also be an opportunity for the PN to enhance cooperation, camaraderie, and good working relationship with the participating navies.
It can be recalled that on March 2014, Alcaraz’s sister ship, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) was also sent to Indonesia to participate for the first time in the Multilateral Naval Exercise codenamed “KOMODO” which was participated by 16 countries.
The PN’s participation in multilateral exercises is an affirmation of its commitment in collaborating with other navies to promote peace and stability in the maritime region.