IN his recent meeting with Philippine Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift asserted the U.S. Navy’s commitment in building stronger ties and harmonizing efforts with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Swift was in the Philippines since Sunday, June 11, and met with other key officials including Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP Chief Gen. Eduardo Año and Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Vice Adm. Ronald J.S. Mercado to reaffirm an enduring alliance that offers support in strengthening PH’s national defense and capabilities in responding effectively and efficiently to various threats.
The U.S. Pacific Fleet’s visit to Manila comes in accord with the recently-confirmed pledge of the U.S. to offer “technical assistance” to the Philippines in its fight against ongoing anti-terrorism operations which has been besetting Marawi City for a month now.
“The Philippine Navy is a valued and enduring ally of the U.S. Navy and a close partner of the Pacific Fleet,” Swift said in a statement issued by U.S. Embassy in Manila.
Philippines and U.S. has an enduring alliance to support the strengthening the national defense and capabilities by responding effectively and efficiently to various threats.
Aside from technical assistance, the AFP also received counter-terrorism weapons and equipment from the U.S. including 300 M4 carbines, 200 Glock 21 pistols, 4 M134D Gatling-style machine guns, and 100 M203 grenade launchers delivered May 18-22 to Clark Air Base.
The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet encompassing 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface. It consists of approximately 200 ships/submarines, nearly 1,100 aircraft, and more than 130,000 Sailors and civilians. (AJPress)