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Consul General Joselito A. Jimeno (center) welcomes the Philippine Navy and Marines officers leading the Philippine RIMPAC 2018 contingent, on 6 July 2018.

Consul General Joselito A. Jimeno of the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu welcomed the Philippine Navy and Marines officers who are leading the Philippine contingent participating in RIMPAC 2018 on 6 July 2018.

The Philippine Navy (PN) contingent, led by Capt. Ernesto Baldovino, and Deputy Captain Joe Anthony Orbe, is composed of two ships, the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF 17) led by Commander Jerry Garrido and the BRP Davao del Sur (LD 602) led by Commander Richard David.

This is Capt. Baldovino’s second time in Hawaii. In November of 2013, he was the Captain of the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16), another missile frigate of the Philippine Navy.

The other officers of the Philippine contingent are: Cdr. Phaveena Aguinaldo, Medical Officer, PN, Cdr. Dominic B. Benauro, PN, Lt. Cdr. Alfredo Dimapilis, Jr., PN, Lt. Col. Danilo Facundo, PN (Marines), Lt. Col. Angelica Andrada, PN (Marines), and Lt. James B. Reyes, PN.

RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) is the world’s largest international naval exercise. The biennial military exercise this year involves 26 nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel. RIMPAC 2018 runs from June 27 to August 2.

Although a long time participant of RIMPAC, this is the first time that the Philippines is participating with two ships and one helicopter. The total personnel contingent of the Philippines for RIMPAC 2018 is 570, which includes officers and crew from the Philippine Navy and Marines. (END)

Capt. Ernesto Baldovino, PN, Head of Delegation, RIMPAC 2018, presents a memento for Consul General Jimeno.
The Philippine Navy and Marines delegation to RIMPAC 2018 pose with Consul General Jimeno in front of the Philippine Consulate General, Honolulu on 6 July 2018. Accompanying the officers is Col. Joseph Archog, PAF, Armed Forces of the Philippines Liaison Officer to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.