MANILA – Some 56 officer cadets from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class of 2022 trained aboard four Philippine Navy Offshore Combat Force (OCF) vessels over the weekend.
From April 15 to 17, cadets who will serve in the Navy after graduation, visited the offshore patrol vessels BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15), BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) and the launch frigates -BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) and BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) missiles.
In a Facebook post by BRP Antonio Luna on Sunday, the onboard familiarization tour is part of the OCF Cadet Orientation Program.
“These aspiring cadets will graduate next month and be commissioned into the service of the Philippine Navy. Needless to say, these future ensigns will be the next junior officers in various units of the Philippine Navy – especially in the main combat force in mer, OCF,” the post read.
The crew of the four ships, stationed at South Harbor, Manila and Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, Zambales, developed a joint training program designed for the cadets.
Training includes shipboard tours, lectures on an introduction to naval warfare and the sensor and weapon capabilities of the Jose Rizal-class frigates, demonstration of firefighting capabilities, viewing of audio-visual presentations, sharing personal experiences as a naval officer and other extracurricular activities. (NAP)