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Navy team joins int'l exhibition

MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine Navy (PN) contingent of 262 officers and enlisted personnel has sailed off to Langkawi, Malaysia where they will participate in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2011 slated on Dec. 6-10.

Navy spokesman Col. Omar Tonsay said the Fleet-Marine contingent participating in the LIMA exercise 2011 will be transported to Malaysia by the PN's Jacinto Class Patrol Vessel (BRP Emilio Jacinto – PS35) and one Logistic Support Vessel (BRP DAGUPAN CITY – LC 550).

"The Fleet-Marine Ready Force (FMRF) is designated as the unit of primary responsibility for the activity. As such, all designated PN vessels will all be placed under the operational control of the commander, Fleet-Marine Ready Force (CFMRF) for the duration of the activity," said Tonsay.

A send-off ceremony for the contingent was held Saturday at the Capt Salvo Pier, Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City.

Tonsay said on orders of the FMRF commander, Commodore Jaime S. Bernardino, a Naval Task Group was organized for the event. The task group, dubbed as Naval Task Group 80, is composed of 262 participants from the Naval Education and Training Command, Fleet Training Center, Philippine Navy Auxiliary Reserve Unit, Naval Modernization Office, Naval Doctrines Office, and the Naval Special Operations Group.

The delegation is headed by Capt. Virme P. Torralba.

LIMA 2011 is a five-day activity that will kick off on Dec. 6 in Langkawi. A series of conferences, exhibitions and demonstrations participated by international exhibitors will immediately follow the opening ceremony.

Tonsay said aside from technological advancement, LIMA 2011 will be an avenue of cultural exchange, training opportunity and learning experience for all the international participants.

"Since 1991, LIMA series of exhibition has proven to be an excellent platform for aerospace and maritime manufacturers and related industries to display and promote the latest aerospace technology to senior government officials, both civil and military and leaders of industries all over the Asia Pacific Region. It has a unique showcase for both the aerospace and maritime industries in the fast-expanding Asian commercial aviation, airport and defense markets," said the Navy spokesman.

"In extent, the activity foreseen as way of building a stronger ties between the participating countries in terms of maritime defense and international diplomatic engagements," he added.

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By ELENA L. ABEN
November 26, 2011, 5:59pm

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