LIEUTENANT COLONEL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office
Thursday, 09 September 2010
WHO: His Excellency President Benigno Simeon
Cojuangco Aquino III
WHAT: Capability Demonstration by Naval Special
WHEN: 10 September 2010 @ 10 a.m.
(Media are encouraged to be at the venue by 8 a.m.)
WHERE: Headquarters (NAVSOG), Naval Base Heracleo Alano,
Sangley Point, Cavite City
President Benigno S. Aquino III will visit the Navy’s
elite force, Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG)
or the Philippine Navy version of the US Navy SEALS,
based in Sangley Point, Cavite City on Friday,
10 September 2010 to witness their capability to
readily respond during crisis situations and terrorist
Among the special skills that they will show are Visit,
Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS), inland demo raid,
rappelling and fast roping techniques, and training
demonstration such as basic physical training exercises
and obstacle course.
Two SEAL teams will assault a suspicious vessel that
was taken over by terrorists in Manila Bay. They will
use two 11 Meter Rigid Hull Inflated Boats (RHIB)
and a special boarding equipments to conduct the
raid while underway. This scenario is part of the
capability demonstration that will be presented
to President Aquino, who will also be onboard
one of the RHIBs.
After the sea assault demonstration, President Aquino
will also inspect the troops and their equipments
which includes a rebreather – a special diving
equipment that converts exhaled carbondioxide into
breathable oxygen, a decompression chamber used in
treating diving sickness and other gadgets used for
bomb disposals and diving- salvage operations.
There will also be an inland demolition raid
SEALS landing stealthily on an enemy infested
beach, detonating targets with explosives and
their extraction back to sea. The President will also
inspect the firing range where he will try to shoot
plate targets using Navy Seal weapons.
With the recent hostage drama staged by the late
S/Insp. Rolando Mendoza that left eight Chinese
tourists dead, President Aquino’s visit intends to
address the level of readiness of NAVSOG in terms
of training and equipment.
Navy Captain Rommel Jason Galang, NAVSOG’s Commander
will tour the President during his visit.
Friends from the media are invited to cover the
said event. Navy ship Diesel Fast Craft (DF 351)
will depart at exactly 7 a.m. in Commo Divino Pier
at the Navy Headquarters for Sangley Point, Cavite City.
Please be advised that there will be designated areas
for the members of the media. Interested parties may
coordinate with LTJG ROMMEL B RODRIGUEZ PN at mobile
telephone number 0939-127-8324 and LTJG LIEZL M
VIDALLON at mobile telephone number 0916-242-9920 for