The Philippine Navy stands as a steadfast maritime force, safeguarding the nation's territorial integrity and maritime interests across its sprawling archipelago.
Established on April 11, 1951, the Philippine Navy plays a pivotal role in ensuring national security, protecting vital sea routes, and responding to a wide array of maritime challenges. Here's an in-depth look at the Philippine Navy, its roles, capabilities, and contributions to the country:
Philippine Navy in Details
Founded: May 20, 1898
Role: Naval Warfare
Size: 24,500 active personnel, (including 8,300 Marines)
- 15,000 reserve personnel
- 82 combat vessels
- 14 auxiliary vessels
- 25 manned aircraft
- 8 unmanned aerial vehicles
Part of: Armed Forces of the Philippines
Patron: Our Lady of La Naval de Manila
Motto: "Protecting the Seas, Securing our Future"
Colors: Navy Blue
To organize, train, equip, maintain, develop and deploy forces for prompt and sustained naval and maritime operations to accomplish the AFP mission.
By 2028, we shall be modern, multi-capable naval force responsive to our maritime nation's defense and development.
Roles and Responsibilities
Defending Sovereignty: The Philippine Navy is entrusted with defending the country's maritime sovereignty, patrolling territorial waters, and protecting maritime boundaries.
Maritime Security: It plays a vital role in maritime security, combating piracy, illegal fishing, and transnational crimes, ensuring safe seas for both commerce and communities.
Disaster Response: The Navy is often at the forefront of disaster response efforts, conducting search and rescue operations and providing humanitarian assistance during calamities and natural disasters.
|BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) and BRP Tarlac (LD-601)|
The Navy operates a variety of vessels, including frigates, corvettes, patrol boats, amphibious assault vehicles, and aircraft. These assets enable the Navy to conduct naval warfare, enforce maritime laws, and respond to emergencies effectively.
The Philippine Navy actively participates in international naval exercises, fostering cooperation with allied navies. These collaborations enhance maritime security, knowledge sharing, and regional stability.
- Philippine Revolution
- Spanish–American War
- Philippine–American War
- World War II
- Korean War
- Vietnam War
- Communist Insurgencies
- Moro conflict
- Spratly Islands Dispute
- Scarborough Shoal standoff
- Battle of Marawi
The Philippine Navy continues to invest in modernizing its fleet, acquiring new ships and upgrading existing ones. These efforts bolster its maritime capabilities and readiness to face emerging threats effectively.
The Navy is actively involved in environmental conservation efforts, protecting marine resources and supporting initiatives to preserve the Philippines' rich maritime biodiversity.
Philippine Navy History
Before the Spaniards arrived in the Philippines the ancient native people were already engaging in naval warfare, raiding, trade, piracy, travel and communication using various vessels including balangay. A flotilla of balangay was discovered in the late 1970s in Butuan, Agusan del Norte.
|A Karakoa ancient warship with Lantaka cannons|
Native Visayan warships, such as the Karakoa or Korkoa, were of excellent quality and some of them were used by the Spaniards in expeditions against rebellious tribes and Dutch and British forces. Some of the larger rowed vessels held up to a hundred rowers on each side besides a contingent of armed troops.
Generally, the larger vessels held at least one lantaka at the front of the vessel or another one placed at the stern. Philippine sailing ships called praos had double sails that seemed to rise well over a hundred feet from the surface of the water. Despite their large size, these ships had double outriggers. Some of the larger sailing ships, however, did not have outriggers.
In the Battle of Manila in 1365 is an unspecified and disputed battle occurring somewhere in the vicinity of Manila between the forces of the Kingdoms in Luzon and the Empire of Majapahit.
Even though the exact dates and details of this battle remain in dispute, there are claims of the conquest of the area around Saludong (Majapahit term for Luzon and Manila) according to the text Nagarakretagama.
Nevertheless, there may have been a battle for Manila that occurred during that time but it was likely a victory for Luzon's kingdoms considering that the Kingdom of Tondo had maintained its independence and was not enslaved under another ruler. Alternatively, Luzon may have been successfully invaded but was able to regain its independence later.
The Battle of Bangkusay, on June 3, 1571, was a naval engagement that marked the last resistance by locals to the Spanish Empire's occupation and colonization of the Pasig River Delta, which had been the site of the indigenous polities of Rajahnate of Maynila and Tondo. Tarik Sulayman, the chief of Macabebes, refused to ally with the Spanish and decided to mount an attack at Bangkusay Channel on Spanish forces, led by Miguel López de Legazpi. Tarik Sulayman's forces were defeated, and Sulayman himself was killed. The Spanish victory in Bangkusay and Legazpi's alliance with Lakandula of Tondo, enabled the Spaniards to establish themselves throughout the city and its neighboring towns.
During the Spanish period, the Spanish forces were entirely responsible for the defense and general order of the archipelago, the Spanish naval forces conducts maritime policing in the seas as well as providing naval logistics to the Army. In the early years of Spanish era, most of the formations of the naval forces were composed of conquistadors backed with native auxiliaries.
Illustration of a late 17th-century joangan warship carrying the Spanish Empire flag serving as auxiliary force vessel from Historia de las islas e indios de Bisayas (1668), this warship were known as joangas (also spelled juangas) by the Spanish.
Aside from Spanish Navy galleons, brigantines, galleys and other vessels, locally built Manila galleons were among the ships that composed the fleet tasked of protecting the archipelago from foreign and local invaders.
The Battles of La Naval de Manila were among the earliest naval conflict in the Spanish Philippines. It was a series of five naval battles fought in the waters of the Spanish East Indies in the year 1646, in which the forces of the Spanish Empire repelled various attempts by forces of the Dutch Republic to invade Manila, during the Eighty Years' War. The Spanish forces, consisted of two, and later, three Manila galleons, a galley and four brigantines. They neutralized a Dutch fleet of nineteen warships, divided into three separate squadrons. Heavy damage was inflicted upon the Dutch squadrons by the Spanish forces, forcing the Dutch to abandon their invasion of the Philippines.
By the 18th and 19th centuries, the sailors were already composed of mixed Spanish and Filipino personnel, as well as volunteer battalions composed of all-Filipino volunteers. Filipinos made up a large part of Spain's overseas forces including the Royal Spanish Navy.
At the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution, the Filipino members of the Spanish Army and Navy mutinied. Switching allegiance from Spain to the Philippines, instead.
The Republic's need for a naval force was first provided for by Filipino revolutionaries when they included a provision in the Biák-na-Bató Constitution. This authorised the government to permit privateers to engage foreign enemy vessels.
On May 1, 1898, the first ship handed by Admiral George Dewey to the Revolutionary Navy is a small pinnace from the Reina Cristina of Admiral Patricio Montojo, which was named Magdalo.
The Philippine Navy was established during the second phase of the Philippine Revolution when General Emilio Aguinaldo formed the Revolutionary Navy which was initially composed of a small fleet of eight Spanish steam launches captured from the Spaniards. The ships were refitted with 9-centimeter guns. The rich, namely Leon Apacible, Manuel Lopez and Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio, later donated five other vessels of greater tonnage, the Taaleño, the Balayan, the Bulusan, the Taal and the Purísima Concepción.
Naval stations were later established to serve as ships' home bases in the following:
- Ports of Aparri
- Ports of Legazpi
- Ports of Balayan
- Ports of Calapan
- Ports of San Roque, Cavite
On September 26, 1898, Aguinaldo appointed Captain Pascual Ledesma (a merchant ship captain) as Director of the Bureau of the Navy, assisted by Captain Angel Pabie (another merchant ship captain). After passing of the Malolos Constitution the Navy was transferred from the Ministry of Foreign Relations to the Department of War (thereafter known as the Department of War and the Navy) headed by Gen. Mariano Trías.
American Colonial Period
The American colonial government in the Philippines created the Bureau of the Coast Guard and Transportation, which aimed to maintain peace and order, transport Philippine Constabulary troops throughout the archipelago, and guard against smuggling and piracy.
The Americans employed many Filipino sailors in this bureau and in the Bureaus of Customs and Immigration, Island and Inter-Island Transportation, Coast and Geodetic Survey, and Lighthouses. They also reopened the former Spanish colonial Escuela Nautica de Manila, which was renamed the Philippine Nautical School, adopting the methods of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.
The U.S. Naval Academy accepted its first Filipino midshipman in 1919, and Filipinos were able to enlist in the U.S. Navy, just as they were formerly able to do in the Spanish Navy.
World War II and Japanese occupation (1941–1945)
In 1935, the Commonwealth Government passed the National Defense Act, which aimed to ensure the security of the country. This was criticized because it placed the burden of the defense of the Philippines on ground forces, which in turn, was formed from reservists. It discounted the need for a Commonwealth air force and navy, and naval protection was provided by the United States Asiatic Fleet.
When World War II began, the Philippines had no significant naval forces after the United States withdrew the Asiatic Fleet following the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Philippines had to rely on its Offshore Patrol (OSP) Force with headquarters located at Muelle Del Codo, Port Area, Manila, composed of five high-speed Thorneycroft Coast Motor Boat (CMB) 55-foot (17 m) and 65-foot (20 m) PT boats, also known as Q-boats, to repel Japanese attacks from the sea.
During the course of the war, the OSP were undaunted by the enemy's superiority which they fought with zeal, courage and heroism. For its intrepid and successful missions and raids on enemy ships, the unit was dubbed the "Mosquito Fleet" mainly because of its minuscule size, speed and surprise, it showed its capability to attack with a deadly sting. The unit was cited for gallantry in action when its Q-boats Squadron shot three of nine Japanese dive bombers as they were flying towards shore installations in Bataan. The OSP participated in the evacuation of high Philippine and U.S. government officials from Manila to Corregidor when Manila was declared an open city.
Surviving personnel of the Offshore Patrol that didn't surrender after April 9, 1942 to the Japanese, conducted the recognized guerrilla and local military troops of the Philippine Commonwealth Army were hit-and-run attacks against the occupying Japanese forces until the return of U.S. Forces. By the end of the war, 66 percent of its men were awarded the Silver Star Medal and other decorations for gallantry in action.
Post-war period (1945–1992)
In 1945, after the liberation of the Philippines, the OSP was reactivated and led by Major Jose Andrada, to reorganize and rebuild from a core of surviving OSP veterans, plus additional recruits. The OSP was strengthened in 1947 after President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas issued Executive Order No. 94. This order elevated the Patrol to a major command that was equal with the Philippine Army, Constabulary, and Air Force.
The OSP was renamed the Philippine Naval Patrol, later on changed its name again to the Philippine Navy on January 5, 1951. The first commanding officer of the Navy, Jose Andrada, became its first Commodore and Chief. This was also the year when the naval aviation arm of the Navy was formed, now the Naval Air Group.
In 1950, Secretary of Defense Ramon Magsaysay created a marine battalion with which to carry out amphibious attacks against the Communist Hukbalahap movement. The next year, President Elpidio Quirino issued Executive Order No. 389, re-designating the Philippine Naval Patrol as the Philippine Navy. It was to be composed of all naval and marine forces, combat vessels, auxiliary craft, naval aircraft, shore installations, and supporting units that were necessary to carry out all functions of the service.
The Philippine Navy participated in the Korean War, providing Combat Service Support and Escort Operations and in the Vietnam War Transporting the Philippine Contingent In January 1958, the Navy conducted its first US-Philippine naval exercise since the country's 1946 liberation. The exercise was known as Operation "Bulwark One" or Exercise "Bulwark", a harbor defense exercise which commanded by a Philippine naval officer as its overall commander.
By the 1960s, the Philippine Navy was one of the best-equipped navies in Southeast Asia. In 1967, the maritime law enforcement functions of the Navy were transferred to the Philippine Coast Guard. The duties stayed with the coast guard and in the 1998 it became an independent service under the Office of the President and later on the Department of Transportation.
Contemporary Period (1992–present)
Concerns about the Chinese incursion to the sea features claimed by the Philippines and other Southeast Asian states were arises after the Chinese construction of a military outpost at the Mischief Reef on 1995. As a response, the Philippine Navy dispatched the BRP Sierra Madre and deliberately ran it aground in the Second Thomas Shoal, 5 miles from the Chinese facility and south of the rumored oil-rich Reed Bank, which it maintains as its own station today.
The importance of territorial defense capability was highlighted in the public eye in 1995 when the AFP published photographs of Chinese structures on Mischief Reef in the Spratlys. Initial attempts to improve the capabilities of the armed forces happened when a law was passed in the same year for the sale of redundant military installations and devote 35% of the proceeds for the AFP upgrades.
Subsequently, the legislature passed the AFP Modernization Act. The law sought to modernize the AFP over a 15-year period, with minimum appropriation of 10-billion pesos per year for the first five years, subject to increase in subsequent years of the program. The modernization fund was to be separate and distinct from the rest of the AFP budget.
Asian Financial Crisis which struck the region on 1997, greatly affected the AFP Modernization Program due to the government's austerity measures meant to turn the economy around after suffering from losses incurred during the financial crisis.
In 1998, following the closure of US bases, the Philippines-US Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) was signed which contained guidelines for the conduct and protection of American troops visiting the Philippines and stipulated the terms and conditions for the American military to enter Philippine territory. The VFA is a reciprocal agreement that also outlines the requirements for Philippine troops visiting the United States. The Visiting Forces Agreement led to the establishment of the Balikatan exercises, an annual US-Philippine military exercise, as well as a variety of other cooperative measures including the Philippine Bilateral Exercises (PHIBLEX) between the naval forces of the two countries.
The next decade ushered in a cordial relationship between China and its maritime neighbours including the Philippines until 2011 when tensions rose again after consecutive incidents occurred in the disputed territories. In 2012, a Philippine surveillance aircraft identified Chinese fishing vessels at the then Philippine-controlled Scarborough Shoal, causing the Philippine Navy to deploy the BRP Gregorio del Pilar to the area. In response, China sent surveillance ships to warn the Navy to leave the area claimed by both countries, prompting a standoff. The two nations eventually agreed to withdraw their deployed vessels as the arrival of the typhoon season drew near.
Following a 3-month standoff between Philippine and Chinese vessels around Scarborough Shoal, China informed the Philippines that Chinese coast guard vessels will remain permanently on the shoal as an integral part of their 'Sansha City' in the Woody island of the Paracels, a separate archipelago disputed by China and Vietnam. Under the control of Hainan Province. the Chinese government plans the island-city to have administrative control over a region that encompasses not only the Paracels, but Macclesfield Bank, a largely sunken atoll to the east, and the Spratly Islands to the south.
Philippines Navy placed orders for Brahmos Supersonic cruise missiles as part of modernization plans.
The incidents with the Chinese presence in the South China Sea prompted the Philippines to proceed with formal measures while challenging the Chinese activities in some of the sea features in the disputed island chain. Hence, the South China Sea Arbitration Case was filed by the Philippines in 2013 at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).
Reminiscent to what occurred on 1995, the Congress passed the Revised AFP Modernization Act of 2012, this was meant to replace the older AFP Modernization Act of 1995, when the 15-year program expired in 2010. Major naval assets for acquisition under the new AFP modernization program include: 2 frigates, 2 corvettes, 2 strategic sealift vessels (SSV), 6 offshore patrol vessels, missile and other weapon systems upgrade, among others. However, the Navy remains unable to protect other Philippine Reefs that have been claimed by the Chinese. In March 2020, the navy decommissioned four ships, including two vessels that had served with the US Navy in World War II.
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Philippine Navy Organization
The Philippine Navy is administered through the Department of National Defense (DND). Under the AFP structure, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, AFP, a four-star general/admiral (if the officer is a member of the Philippine Navy), is the most senior military officer.
|Philippine Navy Headquarters along Roxas Boulevard (near CCP Complex), Malate, Manila as of June 2015|
The senior naval officer is the Chief of the Navy, who usually holds the rank of vice admiral. He, along with his or her air force and army counterparts, is junior only to the Chairman. The CoN is solely responsible for the administration and operational status of the Navy. His counterpart in the U.S. Navy is the Chief of Naval Operations.
Currently, the navy establishment is actually composed of two type commands, the Philippine Fleet and Philippine Marine Corps (PMC). It is further organized into seven naval operational commands, five naval support commands, and seven naval support units. Considering the vastness of the territorial waters that the Navy has to protect and defend, optimal deployment of naval resources is achieved through identification of suitable locations where the presence of these units are capable of delivering responsive services.
The Philippine Fleet, or simply the "Fleet", is under the direct command of the Commander, Philippine Fleet while the Marine Corps is answerable to the Commandant, PMC (CPMC). The Chief of the Navy has administrative and operational control over both commands.
- Secretary of National Defense
- National Security Adviser
- Presidential Adviser for Military Affairs
- Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
- Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy
- Philippine Fleet (PHILFLEET or PF)
- Offshore Combat Force (OCF) - responsible for the overall offshore combat, maritime patrol and territorial defense missions.
- Littoral Combat Force (LCF)- responsible for the overall coastal defense, littoral patrol and interdiction missions.
- Sealift Amphibious Force (SAF) - responsible for the overall naval sealift, amphibious deployment, and transport missions.
- Naval Meteorological and Oceanographic Center (NMOC or NAVMETOC) - responsible for the overall maritime research, hydrographical surveys and meteorological missions.
- Fleet Support Group (FSG) - responsible for the overall fleet support missions.
- Naval Air Wing (NAW) - responsible for overall aerial reconnaissance and maritime patrol operations, as well as air support and future anti-submarine operations.
- Submarine Group (SG) - responsible for future submarine and underwater operations, including training, doctrine development, and overall maritime submarine strategies of the navy.
- Fleet Training and Doctrines Center (FTDC) - responsible for the overall training, education and doctrine development for the newly enlisted and ranked members of the navy.
- Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) - the primary naval infantry, combined arms, and amphibious landing force of the navy.
- Naval Special Operations Command (NAVSOCOM) (formerly the Naval Special Operations Group) - responsible for naval special operations. The unit was recently separated from the Philippine Fleet, and is now a separate command as of 2020.
Naval Air Wing Units
- 30th Naval Fixed Wing Air Group 30
- 31st Light Utility Patrol Squadron
- 32nd Maritime Patrol & Reconnaissance Squadron
- 40th Naval Helicopter Air Group 40
- 41st Maritime Strike Helicopter Squadron
- 42nd Anti Submarine Helicopter Squadron
- 71st Maritime Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron
- 21st Group Support Squadron
- Naval Air Warfare Training and Doctrine Center
- Aircraft Inspection & Maintenance Squadron
- 62nd Air Combat Systems Squadron
- 63rd Ordnance and Material Supply Squadron
Naval Operational Commands
The Naval Operation Commands are responsible for overall naval and maritime operations, which are divided into seven commands throughout the country, and as follows:
- Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NAVFORNOL)
- Naval Forces Southern Luzon (NAVFORSOL)
- Naval Forces West (NAVFORWEST)
- Naval Forces Central (NAVFORCEN)
- Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NAVFORWESM)
- Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NAVFOREASTM)
- Fleet Marine Ready Force
NAVFORWEM and NAVFOREM were formed in August 2006 when Southern Command was split to allow more effective operations against Islamist and Communist rebels within the region.
Naval Support Commands
The Naval Support Commands are responsible for the sustainability of naval and maritime operations, which are divided into five commands, and as follows:
- Naval Sea Systems Command (NSSC)
- Naval Education, Training & Doctrine Command (NETDC)
- Naval Reserve Command (NAVRESCOM)
- Naval Combat Engineer Brigade (NCEBde)
- Naval Installation Command (NIC)
Naval Sea Systems Command
The Naval Sea Systems Command (NSSC), formerly known as Naval Support Command (NASCOM), provides quality and integrated naval system support and services in order to sustain the conduct of naval operations. It is the biggest industrial complex of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It operates the country's military shipyards, develops new technologies for the Navy, and conducts maintenance on all the Navy's ships. NSSC's principal facilities are at the offshore operating base at Muelle de Codo and at Fort San Felipe in Cavite City.
Naval Education, Training and Doctrine Command
The Naval Education, Training & Doctrine Command (NETDC) is the Philippine Navy's institution of learning. Its mission is to provide education and training to naval personnel so that they may be able to pursue progressive naval careers. NETDC is located in Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui, San Antonio, Zambales.
Naval Reserve Command
The Naval Reserve Command (NAVRESCOM) organizes, trains, and administers all naval reservists (which includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Units midshipmen and midshipwomen). It is responsible for recalling reservists to provide the PN the base for expansion to meet sudden spikes in military manpower demand, as for war, rebellion or natural disaster/calamities and to assist in the socio-economic development of the country. The NAVRESCOM is presently based at Fort Santiago, Manila. It was formerly known as the Home Defense Command.
Naval Combat Engineer Brigade
The Naval Combat Engineer Brigade (NCEBde), more popularly known as the Seabees, is tasked with combat engineering and amphibious construction in support of Fleet-Marine operations. Naval combat engineers perform tasks such as mobility, counter-mobility, assault, survivability and construction in the conduct of ground combat and amphibious operations. It executes under combat conditions the construction of roads, bridges and other vital infrastructures; the rehabilitation of piers, harbors and beach facilities; and harbor clearing and salvage works. Alongside the Philippine Marine Corps, the NCEBde is charged with the manning and security of naval garrisons in the contested shoals and islands claimed by the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea. The motto of the Seabees is "We build, We fight!"
Naval Installation Command
The Naval Installation Command (NIC), formerly Naval Base Cavite, provides support services to the Philippine Navy and other AFP tenant units in the base complex, such as refueling, re-watering, shore power connections, berthing, ferry services, tugboat assistance, sludge disposal services and housing.
Naval Support Units
The Naval Support Units are responsible for the overall support of the navy, which includes logistics, personnel, financial, management, civil-military operations, and health care services, which are divided into nine groups and as follows:
- Bonifacio Naval Station
- Civil Military Operations Group-Philippine Navy
- Naval Information and Communication Technology Center
- Fleet-Marine Warfare Center
- Headquarters Philippine Navy & Headquarters Support Group
- Naval Intelligence and Security Force
- Philippine Navy Finance Center
- Naval Logistics Center
- Navy Personnel Management Center
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The names of commissioned ships of the Philippine Navy are prefixed with the letters "BRP", designating "Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas" (Ship of the Republic of the Philippines). The names of ships are often selected to honor important people and places. The Philippine Navy is currently operating 82 combat vessels, 14 auxiliaries as listed per category below:
- Landing Platform Docks: 2
- Frigates: 2
- Corvettes: 1
- Offshore patrol vessels: 7
- Littoral patrol vessels: 3
- Coastal patrol craft: 24
- Fast attack craft: 18
- Landing ship, tank / Logistics support vessels: 4
- Landing craft utility: 20
- Auxiliary ships: 18
- Miscellaneous vessels: 5
The Naval Air Wing has 33 naval air assets consisting of 25 manned aircraft and 8 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It prepares and provides these forces for naval operations with assets mainly for maritime reconnaissance and support missions. Its headquarters is located at Danilo Atienza Air Base, Cavite City. It has four units which operate several variants of aircraft:
- 32nd Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron (Beechcraft King Air C-90),
- Naval Aviation Squadron MF-30 (BN-2A Islander),
- Naval Aviation Squadron MH-40 (Leonardo AW159 Wildcat, AgustaWestland AW109E Power, and MBB Bo 105C),
- 71st Maritime Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron (Boeing Insitu ScanEagle), and
- Naval Air School Center NATS-50 (Cessna Skyhawk 172M and Robinson R22 Beta II).
List of Philippine Navy and Marine Bases:
- Naval Base Heracleo Alano (Naval Base Cavite)
Location: Cavite City, Luzon
Description: Headquarters of the Philippine Fleet
- Naval Base Camilo Osias (Naval Base San Vicente)
Location: Santa Ana, Cagayan, Luzon
- Naval Base Subic
Location: Subic, Zambales, Luzon
- Naval Base Rafael Ramos (Naval Base Mactan)
Location: Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan, Cebu, Visayas
- Naval Station Jose Andrada (Fort San Antonio Abad)
Location: Manila, National Capital Region (NCR)
Description: Headquarters of the Philippine Navy
- Naval Station Jose Francisco (Bonifacio Naval Station)
Location: Taguig, NCR
Description: Part of it was developed as Bonifacio Global City
- Naval Station Heracleo Alano (Sangley Point)
Location: Cavite City, Luzon
Description: Headquarters of Naval Air Group
- Naval Station Ernesto Ogbinar (Naval Station Poro Point)
Location: San Fernando, La Union, Luzon
Description: Headquarters of Naval Forces Northern Luzon
- Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui (Naval Station San Miguel)
Location: San Antonio, Zambales, Luzon
Description: Headquarters, Naval Education, Training and Doctrine Command
- Naval Station Narciso Del Rosario (Naval Station Balabac)
Location: Balabac Island, Palawan, Luzon
- Naval Station Emilio Liwanag (Naval Station Pag-asa)
Location: Kalayaan Islands, Palawan, Luzon
- Naval Station Apolinario Jalandoon (Naval Station Puerto Princesa)
Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Luzon
- Naval Station Carlito Cunanan (Naval Station Ulugan)
Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Luzon
- Naval Station Julhasan Arasain (Naval Station Legazpi)
Location: Legazpi, Albay, Luzon
Description: Headquarters of Naval Forces Southern Luzon
- Naval Station Alfonso Palencia (Naval Station Guimaras)
Location: Guimaras, Visayas
- Naval Station Dioscoro Papa (Naval Station Tacloban)
Location: Tacloban, Leyte, Visayas
- Naval Station Felix Apolinario (Naval Station Davao)
Location: Davao City, Mindanao
Description: Headquarters of Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao
- Naval Station Romulo Espaldon (Naval Station Zamboanga)
Location: Zamboanga City, Mindanao
Description: Headquarters of Naval Forces Western Mindanao
- Naval Station Rio Hondo
Location: Zamboanga City, Mindanao
- Naval Station Juan Magluyan (Naval Operating Base Batu-Batu)
Location: Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi, Mindanao
- Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown (Marine Base Manila)
Location: Taguig, Luzon
Description: Headquarters of the Philippine Marine Corps
- Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim (Marine Base Ternate)
Location: Ternate, Cavite, Luzon
Description: Contains the Marine Basic School Campus
- Marine Barracks Arturo Asuncion (Marine Base Zamboanga)
Location: Zamboanga City, Mindanao
- Marine Barracks Domingo Deluana (Marine Base Tawi-Tawi)
Location: Tawi-Tawi, Mindanao
- Camp Gen. Teodulfo Bautista
Location: Jolo, Sulu, Mindanao
Training and Professionalism
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ACTIVITIES AND TOURS IN MANILAThe Philippine Navy, through its unwavering dedication, continues to uphold the nation's maritime interests, ensuring the safety and prosperity of the Filipino people. With a commitment to excellence, courage, and patriotism, the Navy remains a pillar of national security, symbolizing the nation's resilience and determination in the face of maritime challenges.
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Headquarters: Naval Station Jose Andrada, Roxas Boulevard, Manila
PLDT Line: (02) 524-2061 to 69
Military Line: 7690
NAVY PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT CENTER
Address: Bonifacio Naval Station Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Phone Number: (02) 815-3420 loc 6137
Mobile Number: (+63) 917-476-3071 / (+63) 919-558-6274
MARINES RECRUITMENT CENTER
Address: Marine Barracks Fort Bonifacio, Bonifacio Naval Station, Taguig City
Phone Number: (02) 893-2121 loc 935
Mobile Number: (+63) 917-785-6758
NAVAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Address: Philippine Navy Naval Station Jose V. Andrada, 2335 Pres. M. Roxas Boulevard, Manila
Phone Number: (02) 523-3438
Fax Number: (02) 524-5785
Mobile Number: (+63) 917-569-6840
NAVAL INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER (NICTC)
Address: Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City
PLDT Line: (046) 431-2120
PLDT Fax: (046) 431-7708
Military Line: 4393