Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Philippine Navy, Army in ASEAN drills

The Philippine Navy and Philippine Army will participate in a security and counter-terrorism drill during the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting on May 1-12 in Brunei and Singapore.

The Navy’s frigate, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, will join the 11-day multilateral exercise among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, according to Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo.

The spokesperson said the Navy will represent the country in the maritime security drill, while the Philippine Army will participate in counter-terrorism, land-storming and ground operations.

“It will represent another significant moment of participation and commitment by all 18 countries for practical cooperation,” Domingo said.

Joining the 10 ASEAN members are Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the United States.

The BRP Gregorio del Pilar will also take part in another drill, the maritime training activity “Seagull” to be held on May 10-17.

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Inquirer.net