By Priam Nepomuceno

MULTILATERAL MARITIME EXERCISE. The BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) conducting flight quarters operation to receive AW-109 helicopter with tail number (NH-434) and subsequently performing simulated medical and casualty evacuation exercises as part of the Balikatan’s multilateral maritime exercises on Friday (April 26, 2024). The drills started April 25 and will end on April 29. (Photo courtesy of AFP Western Command)

MANILA – Naval vessels in the multilateral maritime exercise on the second day of this year’s Balikatan continue with division tactics (DIVTACS) which aim to refine deployment and coordination among the participants.

“This ongoing effort aims to bolster their combat readiness and operational effectiveness,” Balikatan Combined Joint Information Bureau chief Lt. Col. John Paul Salgado said.

Naval vessels participating include the Philippine Navy’s offshore patrol vessel BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16), landing dock BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602), the USS Navy’s landing ship dock USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) and French Navy’s Floreal-class frigate, FS Vendémiaire (FFH-734).

Salgado said among the highlight was the cross deck-landing and simulated medical evacuation.

The BRP Davao del Sur conducted flight quarters operations and simultaneously performed simulated medical and casualty evacuation exercises.

“This was followed by a successful cross-deck landing with a French Navy FH160 helicopter, showcasing the interoperability between participating forces,” Salgado said.

The drills started April 25 and will end on April 29. (PNA)