Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Australia-bound BRP Ramon Alcaraz makes 'meeting point procedure' with Japanese destroyer

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 21): Australia-bound BRP Ramon Alcaraz makes 'meeting point procedure' with Japanese destroyer

The BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), the country's most capable and modern frigate, demonstrated the excellent seamanship skills of its officers and crew when it made "meeting point procedure" with the Japanese destroyer, JS Hatakaze, off Indonesian waters Wednesday.

The maneuver is also known as PASSEX (passage exercise in naval parlance).

The two ships are headed for Australia to participate in "Kakadu 2014" which is slated Aug. 25 to Sept. 12 at the Northern Australian Area.

While in PASSEX, the two ships conducted tactical maneuvers, visual, communication and publication exercises utilizing the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) developed and published by Western Pacific Naval Symposium as a means to facilitate communication when naval ships or naval aircraft encounter each other in an unplanned manner.

Capt. Ernesto O. Baldovino, BRP Ramon Alcaraz commanding officer, said the PASSEX did not only provide an opportunity to test the effectiveness of the CUES but also served as an avenue to enhance the ability and skills of the sailors and promote cooperation and interoperability between the two ships.

After the successful maneuvers, the two ships proceeded in convoy to Darwin, Australia for the opening ceremony of "Kakadu 2014".

PN public affairs officer for "Kakadu 2014" Ensign John Windy Abing said Australian naval exercise is the largest international maritime exercise hosted biennially by Royal Australian Navy.

He added that this represents an opportunity to promote and enhance regional interoperability and multilateral cooperation among the participating navies.

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