From Update Philippines (May 9): PMA cadets oriented to BRP Andres Bonifacio, Marines and NAVSOU assets
Philippine Navy Naval Forces West (NFW) welcomed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 2019 on May 7. NFW provides naval assets to AFP Western Command which is the primary command securing West Philippine Sea.
“This activity is part of the PMA’s Southern Cruise 2017 Program, wherein its second class are oriented to the various AFP units,” NFW said.
NFW said this activity provides cadets better appreciation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) organization and its branches of service, as well as to promote the PMA in different areas of the country in order to recruit the best, brightest and the fittest applicants for the military service.
NFW commander Commodore Rommel Jude G. Ong led the welcome reception for the second class cadets aboard Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Andres Bonifacio (FF17) docked at Puerto Princesa City Pier.
The cadets were given a tour of FF17 and were presented with a static display of the capabilities of the 3rd Marine Brigade and Naval Special Operations Unit-4 (NAVSOU-4).
AFP Western Command commanding general Lieutenant General Raul L. Del Rosario, 570th Composite Tactical Wing commander Brigadier General Romeo N Dela Cruz, and 3rd Marine Brigade commander Brigadier General Nathaniel Y Casem were present at the said event.
Commodore Ong and Lieutenant General Del Rosario closed the event with their remarks to PMA cadets.
NFW said the PMA contingent is composed of 284 second-class cadets, 11 officers, 39 support personnel, and 6 civilian employees.