PN ship back from Australia

September 24, 2018

A 200-man navy contingent to Australia will return today after participating in Australia’s largest maritime exercise.

The sailors and marines aboard BRP Ramon Alcaraz will be given a fitting arrival ceremony in Manila.

The contingent attended the 14th Multilateral Regional Maritime Exercise codenamed “KAKADU” 2018 held in Darwin, Australia.

Philippine Navy spokesman Commander Jonatham Zata said Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad will grace the event today at Pier 13 of Manila’s South Harbor.

KAKADU is considered as Australia’s largest maritime exercise that promotes greater levels of military cooperation and understanding amongst regional nations. The event, which was participated in by 27 nations, began on August 31 and concluded on September 15.

The Navy contingent joined a week-long Naval war games exercise.

The Filipino soldiers and sailors also participated in a Fleet Tactical Exercise (FTX) in the Northern Australian Exercise Area (NAXA).

The activity involved 24 ships and submarines, 21 aircrafts and about 3,000 personnel from 27 nations from Asia-Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East.