The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) recently received 12 new Ford F-550 trucks from the United States government.
Representatives from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group, as well as Capt. Alfonspin P. Tumanda Jr. and Cmdr. Jim P. Razo, the Commander and Deputy Commander of Philippine Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) were present during the ceremony held at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Sangley Point, Cavite.
According to the US Embassy in the Philippines, the trucks will help ease the mobility of the NAVSOG units spread throughout the Philippines including units located in Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga and Davao. They will also aid in the transport and deployment to critical areas of rigid-hulled inflatable boats that were previously delivered by the U.S. to the AFP.
Through a variety of assistance packages over the past three years, the U.S. has provided the Philippines with over 200 million dollars of grant assistance to assist our partner forces in building the required capabilities for success. (US EMBASSY/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)