Participants of ADMM-Plus exercise deploy warships
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Philippines has deployed its naval frigate, the BRP Gregorio del Pillar, for an upcoming maritime security and counter-terrorism exercise co-hosted by Brunei and Singapore.
According to the Philippine Navy spokesperson, the warship carried about 100 crew members, 50 personnel from the Naval Special Operations Group along with a support team and an Augusta Westland 109 naval helicopter.
The Philippines will be among the 18 nations joining the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus Maritime Security and Counter-Terrorism Exercise.
Slated to take place in the sultanate and city-state from May 2 to 12, the multilateral exercise will involve about 3,000 personnel, 18 ships, 17 helicopters, two maritime patrol aircraft and special forces from ASEAN states and dialogue partners.
“It will represent another significant moment of participation and commitment by all 18 countries for practical cooperation,” said Lieutenant Commander Marineth Domingo.
She added the Philippine Navy will take part in the maritime security drill, while the Philippine Army will participate in the counter-terrorism, land-storming and ground operations.
The BRP Gregorio del Pilar left Manila on Wednesday and is expected to berth in Muara over the next few days.
China has also confirmed its participation in the exercise with the deployment of its Lanzhou guided-missile destroyer.
Defence Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian told Chinese media the military will also send 12 members of its special forces and four staff officers. He said it is beneficial for soldiers from different countries to learn from one another to deepen practical cooperation in defence and security.
Meanwhile, the South Korean Ministry of National Defence said about 300 of its military combat personnel will join the exercise.
The South Korean military will also send its Choi Young, a Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin Class destroyer, and a lynx helicopter together with three field-grade staff officers and two special forces from the army and navy.
The Vietnam People’s Navy also deployed its Corvette 381 warship on Thursday to take part in the exercise, its first international manoeuvre.
The Brunei Times