Maute scourge assured of support

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Stronger support The Naval Special Operations Group, tormentor of Maute terrorists, gets support from Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Carlito Galvez. PHILIPPINE NAVY PHOTO

Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. has vowed to extend all possible support to the Naval Special Operation Group (NAVSOG), which has proven its worth during the five-month long battle against the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.

“Rest assured that the AFP leadership will continue to support the NAVSOG and all units of the AFP as we work together to win the peace, preserve our way of life and secure our country’s future,” Galvez said in his speech Tuesday during the 62nd founding anniversary of NAVSOG.

The event took place at NAVSOG headquarters at Sangley Point, Cavite City.

NAVSOG is one of the elite fighting forces of the AFP. It specializes in Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) operations ranging from direct action missions, demolition raids, target assault, maritime sniper operations, gas and oil platform recovery and high risk visit board search-and-seizure operations.

The group is known for its highly-demanding physical training program based on the United States Navy SEAL program.

“Whether in the sea, air, and land (SEAL), the nation and our countrymen can very much depend on the mighty Navy SEAL in protecting the people and securing the State,” Galvez added.

Prior to the anniversary rites, arrival honors were accorded to the AFP chief followed by rites recognizing him as Honorary SEAL.

“To be welcomed as a member of such a vaunted force is indeed an honor and I am privileged to join the ranks of honorary members of much distinction such as former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro and former AFP Chiefs of Staff Generals Alexander Yano, Ricardo David Jr., Emmanuel Bautista and Rey Leonardo Guerrero,” Galvez said.

Historically, the NAVSOG traces its origin from the former Philippine Underwater Operations Team first established on 5 November 1956.

The team was composed of one officer and six enlisted personnel. The pioneer members of the team were called “frogmen” as they can operate in both land and water.

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