PH Navy holds SARREX with Japan in eastern Palawan

Philippine Navy sailors (backs turned) prepare for the joint SARREX with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force on May 15, 2019, in the waters of eastern Palawan. (Photo courtesy of NFW Public Affairs Office)

The Naval Forces West (NFW) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) held recently a joint search and rescue exercise (SARREX) in a pre-designated area in eastern Palawan.

In a press statement sent by the NFW through Lt. Ronne Riel Grimpola, it said they deployed BRP Federico Martir (PC385) and islander plane NV312 to exercise with the JMSDF’s destroyer JS Samidare (DD-106) with 200 crewmen and two SH-60K patrol helicopters on May 15.

“The exercise which featured some of the NFW’s surface and air units was aimed at expanding information-sharing capabilities, improve interoperability among military and law enforcement agencies in the region, and
provide opportunities for both navies to gain good work experiences in a joint environment,” said the statement.

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