Vice Admiral Rene Medina, WESCOM commander, shakes the hand of a soldier from the Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 on July 9, 2019, during their send-off ceremony for retraining in Manila. The battalion was deployed in Palawan for more than eight years. (Photo courtesy of WESCOM Public Affairs Office)

The Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 (MBLT-12) sailed out of Palawan on Tuesday, for a “retraining” in Manila before its next deployment.

The MBLT-12 had been deployed in Palawan for over eight years, during which time it was activated as a battalion by the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC).

Captain Jordan Mijares, 3rd Marine Brigade (3MBDe) spokesperson, said the retraining is a “usual routine” of the PMC to help enhance the capability of the battalion before their deployment to another area.

“Lahat ng battalion ay nagre-retraining para ma-reprovision ang battalion. Ang mga personnel ng battalion ay mag-a-acquire sila ng bagong skills regarding sa core competency ng marines na warfighting bago mai-redeploy sa kanilang bagong unit assignment,” Mijares said.

Vice Admiral Rene Medina, Western Command (WESCOM) commander, thanked the MBLT-12 for their role in maintaining law and order in the province.

Medina said the unit may be deployed to Sulu after its retraining.

“Halos lahat ng nagre-retraining ay napupunta sa Sulu but I personally know the accomplishments of our Marines in Mindanao, particularly in Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-tawi. With your expertise and capabilities, we know you can perform and accomplish your mission,” he said during the send-off ceremony.

On June 30, the Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 (MBLT-3) arrived in Palawan to take over the internal security operations (ISO) from the outgoing unit based in Brgy. Minara, Roxas town.