MANILA, Philippines - The Navy dispatched two of its vessels to Malaysia yesterday to showcase its capabilities in an international maritime and aerospace exhibition that will be held in the island resort of Langkawi from Dec. 6 to 10.
Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Omar Tonsay said the Navy sent its Jacinto Class patrol vessel, BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35), and logistic support ship, BRP Dagupan City (LC-550) with 262 sailors.
“The activity is foreseen as a way of building stronger ties between the participating countries in terms of maritime defense and international diplomatic engagements,” Tonsay said.
Navy Capt. Virme Torralba will head the Philippine contingent to the exhibition.
The Philippine Navy is still classified as a brown navy, while the naval forces of developed countries are classified as blue navy. It has, however, been actively joining naval exercises in the region to enhance its capabilities.
Brown navies are only capable of launching territorial defense and conducting maritime patrols.
Blue navies, on the other hand, like those of the United States and China, can deploy its warships to international waters for longer naval engagements.
The exhibition, dubbed as “Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA),” also serves as a venue for manufacturers of maritime and aerospace technologies to promote their new products to senior government officials, both civil and military, as well as to industry leaders in the Asia-Pacific region.
Since 1991, dozens of leading maritime and aerospace manufacturers have been participating in the annual sea and air exhibition hosted by the Malaysian government.
Aside from showcasing the latest technological advancements, this year’s exhibition will also include cultural exchanges and training opportunities for all participants.
Philipines ships are coming.. Take this oppurtunity to visit the ships.. Wonder if we can board the ships.?