IBF world champ Jerwin Ancajas receives hero’s welcome from PHL Navy
Aileen Cerrudo • December 11, 2019 • 709
IBF World super flyweight champion and Navy reservist, Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas received a hero’s welcome from the Philippine Navy after defending his title.
Ancajas was welcomed by the officers and enlisted personnel of the Naval Reserve Command during his arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Terminal 1 on (Wednesday) December 11.
He successfully defended his IBF World super flyweight title for the 8th time after defeating Chilean challenger Miguel Gonzales via TKO after a six-round demolition at Auditorio GNP Seguros, Puebla City, Mexico last December 8.
“SCPO Jerwin J Ancajas PN(Res) brought pride, honor and glory not only to the Philippine Navy but to the entire nation in general,” according to the post of the Philippine Navy.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) of the US Embassy in Manila formally turned over a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to the Philippine Navy in a ceremony held at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite on Wednesday (November 25).
This new equipment will help boost the Navy’s maritime security especially in the disputed waters of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
“This new asset will complement the same kind being operated by the 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing at the Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan, which is very close to the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea that need our consistent attention,” said National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
The system which costs US$14.79 M or an estimated P710-M will provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 71st Maritime Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron (71 MUARS) – the AFP’s leading unit for unmanned maritime ISR operations.
“Transferring the ScanEagle system for operation by the Maritime Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron represents the steadfast commitment by the United States to our partners in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Kimberly Kelly.
The Philippines has received more than US$650 million (P33 billion) worth of military materiel from the U.S. military making it by far the largest recipient of US’ military assistance in the Indo-Pacific region since 2015. MNP / Raymund David
MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Philippine Navy Reserve Force across Luzon are assisting in the delivery of relief goods to different areas in Luzon that were severely affected by the recent Typhoon Ulysses.
In a statement, the navy said reservists packed and distributed relief goods to different communities in Metro Manila and other Luzon provinces, including Rizal, Bicol, and Cagayan Valley.
The navy said its Naval Reserve Center-Southern Luzon through the navy reservists from Camarines Sur under 31st Naval Group Reserve (NRG) augmented to inter-agency relief efforts of distributing relief goods to Barangays Sta Eulalia and Iyagan in Baao, Camarines Sur.
While Philippine Navy 22nd NRG-Team Star conducted relief operations in Rodriguez and Montalban Rizal.
Aside from the delivery and distribution of relief goods, the navy said its personnel also assisted in the evacuation and rescue operations for families affected by widespread flooding during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
Naval Affiliated Reserve Force (NARF)-NCR (WesPhil) deployed two amphibious trucks with one rescue team of well-trained and capable reservists onboard each truck to flooded areas in the cities of Marikina and Navotas.
In Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), PN reservists from Northern Luzon have joined local government units in Cagayan in the conduct of search and rescue operations in the affected communities of widespread flood in the province.
“Said disaster response and relief operations demonstrated the invaluable contributions and selfless service of our reservists as force multipliers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during calamities and other types of human and natural disasters,” the navy said.
The Philippine Navy said it has been helping in relief efforts since last week when Typhoon Rolly ravaged parts of Bicol region.
These deployments are being supervised by the Naval Reserve Command headed by Major Gen. Ariel Caculitan in coordination with Joint Task Force – National Capital Region.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy is looking to convert Nido and Matinloc, two former gas platforms located near Recto Bank, into floating monitoring stations due to their strategic locations.
PH Navy Flag Officer In Command Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo bared the plan when he visited the gas platforms in Malampaya, northwest of Palawan on Sept. 26.
“This inspection intends to look at the viability of these retired gas platforms to be converted to observation posts for Recto Bank and Malampaya gas platform,” Bacordo said in a statement.
“This will further enhance our capability to protect our maritime interests in these strategic locations,” he added.
The platforms location is deemed to be “strategic” and “vital” due to its proximity to Recto Bank, Malampaya and Galoc Gas Fields.
The Malampaya Gas Field is located 820 meters deep, 80 kilometers off the coast of Palawan which falls under the area of responsibility of Naval Forces West.
The Department of Energy (DOE) last year ceased the operations of these two gas fields after over 40 years of production.
The PH Navy said the transfer of ownership of these platforms was offered by the DOE in several meetings of the military’s National Task Force in the West Philippine Sea.
“It is the DND’s position to acquire said platforms and expeditiously transfer it to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” it said.
The navy said the future littoral monitoring station is a welcome addition to its “improving capabilities” to better serve our maritime nation especially in its critical location near the nation’s source of natural gas.
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