BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), the country's most modern warship, was one of the naval vessels which participated in the "Kakadu 2014" gunnery exercise last Aug. 30 in the seas of
Ensign John Windy Abing, Philippine Navy public affairs officer for "Kakadu 2014," said BRP Ramon Alcaraz fired its 76mm Oto Melara gun while in a formation with HMAS Sydney and JS Hatakaze.
"Kakadu 2014" is expected to further boost the PN's surface warfare capability. It is the largest naval maneuvers hosted by the Royal Australian Navy.
Twelve nations are participating in this activity which started Aug. 25 and will end on Sept. 12.
The participating countries with navy ships/aircraft are
It is held at the Northern Australian Exercise Area.
"The PN’s participation is expected to enhance its surface warfare capabilities and interoperability with regional navies. It will also be an opportunity for the PN to enhance cooperation, camaraderie, and good working relationship with the participating navies," Abing said.
He added that this is the second time the PN has sent its ship to participate since the exercise began way back in 1993.
The first time that the PN sent a ship was in 1999. PN observers were also sent in 2003, 2005, and 2007.
It can be recalled that in March 2014, Alcaraz’s sister ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) was also sent to Indonesia to participate for the first time in the Multilateral Naval Exercise codenamed “Komodo” which was participated in by 16 countries.
The PN’s participation in multilateral exercises is an affirmation of its commitment in collaborating with other navies to promote peace and stability in the maritime region.