Newly trained Marine battalion sent to Sulu

Newly trained Marine battalion sent to Sulu




Over the weekend, the newly trained and equipped unit of the Philippine Navy was deployed in Sulu following a nine month training.

The 8th Marine Battalion arrived in Manila in September 2018 from its deployment in the province of Cagayan and Batanes.


Navy Flag Office in Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad in his speech reminded that the Marines should “remember that the faith of the Filipino people lies on your unprecedented skills as this country’s protectors."

8th Marine Battalion during its send off honors (photo credit to owner)

"With your spotless records of previous successful missions, we are likewise assured of your triumph in this new charge and that when the time comes for your return," Empedrad said.
"We will again stories of success and the victory in the name of our Philippine Marine Corps, for our Navy, our Armed Forces and our maritime nation," he added.
8th Marine Battalion was deployed to the province of  Sulu to replace  the Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT) 3, which in turn will replace MBLT 12 in Palawan.


MBLT 12 is scheduled to take the said retraining and refurbishing once it arrives in Manila.
According to the Marines' Public Affairs Office, the Rifle Battalion Training System was conceptualized to provide a comprehensive approach for training based on the long established PMC training concept.
The retraining has in mind and is designed to sustain the combat preparedness of marine operating forces in the face of their relatively prolonged deployments and high operational tempo in the area.

The training  will include proven best fighting practices of transforming the rifle battalion to a battalion landing team (BLT) focusing on critical combat and non-combat tasks.
"With these innovations and capability development programs, they have once again shown that the marines are the adaptable force needed by our archipelagic nation that is ready to respond to crisis and emergency in the country," Marine Corps commandant Major General Alvin A Parreño said..
He also encouraged the Marines to “continue to serve our God, our country and the Filipino people.”







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