Commodore Donn Anthony Miraflor (right), Philippine Navy FOIC Vice Adm. Adeluis Bordado (left) and Cpt. Alan Javier during the change of command ceremony on March 21 at the Naval Station Apolinario Jalandoon in Puerto Princesa City. (Photo from Naval Forces West)

[UPDATED] Captain Alan Javier took over the command of the Naval Forces West (NFW) in Palawan on Monday from Commodore Donn Anthony Miraflor in a change of command ceremony presided over by Philippine Navy (PN) Flag Officer-In-Command Vice Adm. Adeluis Bordado at the Naval Station Apolinario Jalandoon in Barangay San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City.

Miraflor formally handed over command of the NFW to Javier after leading it for more than a year.

Miraflor will assume his new position as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff for Education, Training, and Doctrine (J8) at the AFP General Headquarters.

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Col. Gerald Naldoza, CUCS WESCOM, awards the distinguished service medal to Commodore Donn Anthony Miraflor. Assisting him is Mrs. Amaya Miraflor. (Photo from Naval Forces West)

The Western Command (WESCOM) and the Philippine Navy awarded him a distinguished service medal and military merit medal (interim) pending the issuance of distinguished service cross, respectively.

Javier, on the other hand, served as the deputy commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) for over two years before becoming the 39th commander of the NFW, the home of the “Defenders of the Western Frontier.”

He reaffirmed his resolve to continue conducting Naval and Maritime Operations in support of the Western Command’s campaign plan, as well as to effectively and efficiently implement the Philippine Navy’s established standards and policies.

In his speech, Bordado said, “Capt. Javier’s leadership skills, experiences in his last post, and maturity as a navy officer contribute to why he will sit as the 39th Commander, Naval Forces West today. I know that he has what it takes to lead this challenging Area of Responsibilities (AOR)”.

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