A Philippine Navy contingent left for Brunei Darussalam yesterday to join the fleet review in the Brunei International Defense Exhibition (BRIDEX) Conference 2011, a premier defense and security event in Southeast Asia.
The 3rd BRIDEX will be also be attended by navy units from Pakistan, Brunei, Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States.
They will conduct a traditional fleet review on July 2 as a highlight of the event.
Navy flag officer in command, Vice Admiral Alexander P. Pama, said "this activity will enable the crew of the two patrol vessels and the members of the organized task group to gain insights and appreciation on technology advancements and industry developments particularly on defense warfare."
Codenamed BRIDEX 2011, the fleet review will be participated in by navy men from the Jacinto class patrol vessel BRP Apolinario Mabini and the Cyclone class BRP Gen Mariano Alvarez.
The Fleet-Marine Ready Force (FMRF) will be designated as the unit primarily responsible for the activity and all designated navy vessels will be under the operational control of the FMRF commander for the duration of the activity.
A send-off ceremony for the contingent was held at the FMRF Landing in Sangley Point, Cavite.
BRIDEX brings together the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of defense and security equipment and systems from across the entire supply chain, and high-level international government and defense and security officials.
The exhibit exclusively showcases the latest, innovative and value-enhancing technology solutions in land, sea, air and security systems to address the wide spectrum of security challenges being faced by countries in the region and around the world.
It aims to provide an excellent platform for building vital alliances, forging partnerships and capturing new business opportunities in the region, as well as for networking, sharing ideas and knowledge, discussing technology advancements and industry developments.
The Philippine contingent is composed of the crew of the participating ships from the Naval Education and Training Command, Fleet Training Center, Philippine Navy Auxiliary Reserve Unit, Naval Modernization Office, Naval Doctrines Office, and the Naval Special Operations Group.
A medical team from the Manila Naval Hospital also joined the contingent to provide medical assistance to the contingent.