BRP Andres Bonifacio sets sail to Malaysia for international maritime aerospace exhibition

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BRP Andres Bonifacio FF17

BRP Andres Bonifacio FF17

The navy contingents of the Naval Task Group 80.5 on board BRP Andres Bonifacio FF17 are set to participate at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition or LIMA 2017.

After the send-off ceremony this morning, BRP Andres Bonifacio FF17 begins to sail from Pier 13 South Harbor, Manila to Langkawi, Malaysia.

208 members of the Philippine Navy will represent the country in the LIMA exhibition 2017 to be held from March 21 to 26.

Acting spokesperson of the Philippine Navy, Capt. Lued Lincuna said that the joint exercise will help the Philippines gain more knowledge in guarding its borders especially against threats of terrorism.

“It’s purely a navy exercise wherein we conduct a joint patrol in the areas of interest… down south to conduct evolutions aboard ship such as anti-piracy, anti-kidnapping and other transnational crime,” Captain Lincuna said.

The LIMA 2017 will also have a chief of navy round table talks wherein flag officers in command of various countries will meet to discuss several naval issues. Part of the activities is the half day sea exercise which will be attended by multi-national navy members.

The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition is considered as the most influential exhibit in Asia which focuses on defense, civil and commercial aviation, shipbuilding and repair of vessels.

It was in 2011 when the Philippines was able to join the biennial LIMA exhibition.

Before returning to the Philippines on April 6. The naval contingent will go first to Lumut and Klang, Malaysia to visit the royal Malaysian navy bases and also to establish ties with the Royal Malaysian Navy.

“We have a line up of activities, mayroon pong confidence building activities, sportsfest, reception with our counterparts with Royal Malaysian Navy and we have also engagements with Filipino community iyong mga kababayan po natin na i-welcome po sila doon na magkaroon ng ships tour,” Captain Lincuna added.

(We have a lineup of activities. There is. Confidence building activities, sports fest, reception with our counterparts with Royal Malaysian Navy and we have also engagements with Filipino community. Our compatriots are welcome to tour inside the ship) -Aiko Miguel

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