MANILA–The ongoing Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) will provide the Philippine Navy (PN) an opportunity to see first hand modern naval technologies.
This was stressed by PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado who was present in the opening ceremonies of LIMA 2017 held Tuesday (March 21).
“(This is) an opportunity for us to widen our knowledge particularly on modern maritime technologies,” he said.
Such assessments are needed as the PN is now undergoing modernization with various modern naval platforms undergoing bidding, construction, and delivery within the next three years.
Aside from Mercado, also attending LIMA 17 was the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), the country’s third Hamilton-class cutter in service and 206 naval personnel, who will participate in the LIMA Sea Exercise, a half-day multi-national naval exercise among participating countries.
LIMA is one of the most influential exhibitions in Asia since this is a dedicated maritime and aerospace exhibition for defense, civil and commercial aviation, shipbuilding and ship repair.
LIMA 2017 started on March 21 and will end on the 25th.