MANILA The Philippine Navy (PN) on Monday deployed two ships, the BRP Ang Pangulo (ACS-25) and the BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35), to augment its presence in Mindanao waters.
Send-off ceremonies took place at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor, PN public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said.
Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, PN flag-officer-in-command, presided over the deployment ceremony.
Roxas said the presidential yacht will be deployed to Davao City-based Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao to augment the Davao operational base of the Presidential Security Group especially during engagements of the President there.
Meanwhile, the BRP Emilio Jacinto is now en route to Naval Forces Western Mindanao in Zamboanga City following its weapons upgrade to further strengthen the Navy's presence in the area.
BRP Emilio Jacinto will be joining our fleet assets in Western Mindanao after months of undergoing repair. She shall be performing a very important mission particularly in safeguarding our islands and preventing intrusions to our boundaries. In the same manner, BRP Ang Pangulo or ACS-25 shall be sent to perform a very special role in safeguarding the second residence of our president in Davao," Empedrad added.
BRP Ang Pangulo is skippered by Commander Miljun PeAaflorida and BRP Emilio Jacinto, the lead ship of the Jacinto-class patrol vessels, is captained by Commander Aldrin Gacusan.
Although Davao City is a generally peaceful place, the presence of ACS-25 in the vicinity will also provide a much safer place not only for the president but all the people of the city. Her presence will add assurance that their Navy is just a stone throw away, Empedrad said.
The deployment of these vessels to naval operational areas is crucial to the PN's effective conduct of various operations in the areas of maritime patrol and internal security.
These ships will be of great help in the ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of several earthquakes that shook various parts of Mindanao with their logistics support and humanitarian assistance and disaster response capabilities. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency