Philippine Navy HQ, Roxas Blvd., Manila
10 August 201
President Benigno S. Aquino III led the change of command and retirement ceremony of the Philippine Navy (PN) leadership at its headquarters in Roxas Boulevard, Manila.
The President transferred the PN command flag from Vice Admiral Jesus Millan to the new Flag-Officer-in Command (FOIC), Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad.
In his speech, President Aquino lauded the Philippine Navy for its bravery, tactics and determination in protecting the country’s territorial rights despite the odds. He also commended the efforts of the PN men and women for steering their ships towards the direction of their fellowmen who needed assistance and protection against unfortunate events. This, he said, reduces his worries knowing that the navy is always ready to serve the Filipino people.
The Commander in Chief also commended Vice Admiral Millan for anchoring the navy’s programs and initiatives to achieve a stronger and progressive institution as contained in the Navy Strategic Sail Plan for 2020. He also cited Millan’s leadership and guidance among the troops to serve accordingly, rationally and with honor.
To the new FOIC, President Aquino said that he believes in Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad’s capability to lead the navy as proven by his achievements and rise from the ranks. He also trusts that the new Rear Admiral will continue the Navy Strategic Sail Plan for 2020.
After the change of command and retirement ceremony, President Aquino led the viewing of the newly acquired and commissioned Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) vessels known as the Barkong Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Ivatan and BRP Batak, named after the ethnic groups of Palawan and Batanes. He also inspected the two additional helicopter units known as the Agusta Westland (AW) 109. The LCH vessels are expected to improve the Philippine Navy’s capability in transporting personnel, equipment and aid during humanitarian assistance, while the helicopters will increase the PN’s capability in maritime air surveillance, amphibious air support operations and weather search radar.
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