Naval Forces Sent to Iligan City to Augment Government Forces Fighting Against Maute Group


The Armed Forces of the Philippines continued its fight against the terrorist group composed of the members of Maute and Abu Sayyaf in Marawi City, the Naval Forces Western Mindanao was called to augment the government's troops.


Two Navy vessels from Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) were sent to Marawi City on May 30, 2017 at around 10:00 AM from its base at Ensign Majini Pier, Naval Station Romulo Espaldon, Calarian, Zamboanga City.

Fleet-Marine Team composed of combat service support elements, explosive ordnance and disposal units, and K9 units were on board Landing Craft 288 (BRP Waray) and 298 (BRP Ivatan) to augment the troops in Marawi City that are currently fighting against local terrorist group headed by self-proclaimed ISIS leader in the Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon.


Aside from the Philippine Navy and Philippine Marines elements, relief goods are also on board the Navy vessels for the civilians affected by the conflict in Marawi City. These consolidated relief goods are from various stakeholders and agencies, government and non-government, around Zamboanga City for the Marawi evacuees now taking refuge in Iligan City.

Rear Admiral Rene V. Medina, the commander of NFWM, presided the simple send-off ceremony. During his speech in front of the troops, he bid everyone fair winds, clear skies and following seas as they embark on their journey.

The NFWM commander also expressed his confidence to the brave men and women of the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Marine Corps who will go on this mission, and wished that they may be home as soon as the Maute group is neutralized.

The Philippine Navy and Philippine Marine troops and equipment are being sent to Iligan City to augment the military in the continuous fighting between the government forces and Maute group in Marawi City that sparked last week.

The AFP is positive that these additional personnel and logistical support will strengthen the military stronghold in the area and will eventually crush these lawless elements.




Source: PNA


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