By:LIEUTENANT COLONEL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office
Sunday, 06 September 2009
As of 450 AM 06 Sept 09 Patrol Gunboat 116 and Patrol Gunboat 117 have been dispatched from the Naval Forces Western Mindanao headquarters to help Superferry 9 in distress. By around 730 AM, the Navy vessels are expected to be in the search and Rescue area in Siocon Bay, 17 nautical miles off SW off Zamboanga, says Rear Admiral Alexander Pama, the Commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao. Navy Chief Vice Admiral Ferdinand Golez directed other naval floating and air assets in the area to assist in the rescue operation following a reported “abandon ship” order from the captain of Superferry. The Navy’s newly acquired Multi-Purposed Attack craft has been dispatched as of 6 AM to be aided by a Navy Islander (Aircraft) to act as spotter took off as of same time. Progress reports to follow.