Tuesday, December 06, 2005

President Arroyo Appoints New Philippine Navy Commander

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines Inspector General Vice Admiral Mateo Mayuga as the new flag-officer-in-command of the 22,000-strong Philippine Navy.
Vice Admiral Mateo Mayuga
Mayuga is replacing Vice Admiral Ernesto de Leon who has filed a terminal leave effective Sunday. A navy spokesman said the navy officers actually anticipated the appointment of Mayuga who he described as an exemplary officer. Mayuga has in the past served as co-director of Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) military exercises that involve close to 5,000 Filipino and US troops annually. He also trained on Anti-submarine Warfare at the Fleet Combat Training Centers in Virgina Beach and San Diego, California in the 1980s.

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