A Philippine Navy contingent began to sail to Thailand, Wednesday, to participate in the first-ever Association of Southeast Asian Nations Multilateral Naval Exercise (AMNEX) to be held in Thailand from the 13th to 22nd of November.
“This is very historical. We are involving our naval reservists, the rescue recon group, as part of the contingent,” Fleet-Marine Ready Force commander, Commodore Albert Mogol said.
The AM-NEX 2017 will be held simultaneously with the 50th ASEAN founding anniversary and the 11th ASEAN Navy Chief’s Meeting.
Commodore Albert Mogol is part of the Philippine Navy Contingent.
Mogol believes the naval exercises will greatly help in further improving the relationship of the Philippines with its Southeast Asian neighbors.
“Through naval diplomacy, we can do more to ease the tension within the region and have cooperation among our ASEAN neighbors,” Mogol said.
Aside from the 10 ASEAN countries, also participating in the naval drill are other non-Southeast Asian nations such as Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka and the United States.
By joining AMNEX, the Philippine Navy aims to expand its ties with its counterparts for possible humanitarian assistance and disasater response operations.
Margarita Paredes, who lives in the province of Cavite, escorted her grandchild earlier who is among the students chosen to participate in the naval drill.
Margarita said she feels happy and sad with the travel of her 23-yr old grand daughter.
“She should take care of herself, especially her health. And I pray she returns to us in good shape,” Paredes said.
The Philippine Navy contingent is expected to dock in Thailand on the 13th of November and is expected to return home on the 28th of the same month. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue