New Navy chief to assume post Wednesday

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MANILA, Philippines — Incoming Philippine Navy Chief Vice Admiral Jose Luis will assume his post in a change of command ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the PN headquarters in Roxas Boulevard.

Alano, current Commander of the AFP Central Command which holds jurisdiction over the Visayas region, will replace Vice Admiral Alexander Pama. Both are from the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1979.

The ceremony will be presided by President and Commander-in-Chief Benigno Aquino III, the Navy said in an advisory.

Pama served as the 32nd Flag Officer-in-Command for nearly two years.

Meanwhile, Alano, who will take the lead of the 26,000-strong Navy, will reach the mandatory age of retirement of 56 on May 1, 2014.

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  • Facilitator1

    Congratulations Admiral. But with due respect, you’re NOW the military leader of a minuscule and almost non-existent maritime force.

    IMHO: PHL Navy and PHL Marine should be combined as ONE, distinct military branch of the AFP. WHY? By combining the two branches into one, it will ensure the maximum/efficient usage of the PHL limited budget by reducing the numbers of senior leaders and its support staffs (including ALL the real properties and associated costs to operate). Plus, realignment of military occupational positions into critical positions that are currently have manning shortages. 

    In addition, you can also probably merge the ARMY and AIR FORCE using the same logic and /or reasoning above…REASONS for STREAMLINING: very LIMITED budget and minuscule war fighting materiel inventory.

    In closing, the new AFP branches will be the ARMY AIR CORPS (Army and Air Force) and the NAVY COMBAT FORCE (Navy and Marines)…But, I’m sure my suggestion will be resented and /or disliked by the traditionalists (powers-that-be)–most specially, the personnel who will be most affected. My apologies…just thinking aloud…PEACE….

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