Friday, April 8, 2016

PN reactivates NFNL, NFW

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 8): PN reactivates NFNL, NFW

The Philippine Navy (PN) reactivated two of its operational commands, Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) and Naval Forces West (NFW), during short ceremonies Friday.

This took place at PN headquarters in Naval Station Jose Andrada, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Caesar Taccad presided in the reactivation ceremonies, said Navy public affairs office chief Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo

The reconstitution of NFNL and NFW signified the reversion of PN to its previous organizational set-up prior the establishment of Naval Forces North West (NFNW) on May last year as a result of the merger of the two naval forces.

NFW, located in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, is under the command of Commodore Danilo R. Rodelas while NFNL in San Fernando City, La Union is commanded by Capt. Albert A. Mogol in acting capacity.

The reconstitution followed after PN headquarters approved the nullification of NFNW which was then established in the rationale of employing PN forces in the pro-active control of the country's seas and the denial of its use to an adversary.

While the basis of merging NFNL and NFW to form NFNW last year remains valid, the PN decided to reactivate the two naval forces on the thrust of Higher Headquarters and Unified Commands (UCs) to have a more focused naval operations in their respective area of responsibility.

On this end, both UCs, the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) and Western Command (WESCOM), will have distinct naval components to better respond to their territorial defense and humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations, while continuing their current internal security operations campaign.

"The PN is a dynamic institution. In the midst of evolving and expanding maritime concerns, transformation and reorganization are continually implemented for it to become a naval force that is adaptive to the emerging and ever changing challenges, while equipping its components with the necessary tools to effectively and efficiently perform its mandates," Domingo added.

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