Philippine Navy Sailors observing GDP during DIVTACS. 

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 30, 2011) Members of the Philippine Navy traveling aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Rueben James (FFG-57) observe the Philippine Navy Frigate BRP Gregorio Del Pilar. The Gregorio Del Pilar, a former U.S. Coast guard cutter, is the newest addition to the Philippine Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sean Furey/Released)
USS REUBEN JAMES conducts PASSEX with Republic Philippine Navy Flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar 
 
PEARL HARBOR – The guided-missile frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57) escorted the Republic Philippine Navy (RPN) Flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar (GDP) from Pearl Harbor enroute to the international dateline during her maiden voyage across the Pacific.

During the PASSEX, RJA conducted bilateral exercises consisting of DIVTACS, small boat operations, VBSS operations, and flag hoist and flashing light drills.

These exercises strengthened the USN-RPN maritime partnership. RJA provided valuable training onboard GDP to improve watchstander tactical proficiencies in VBSS, Communications, and Combat Systems.

Onboard RJA, crew members conducted training for the GDP liaison officers on Combat Systems, small boat operations, Engineering equipment, and damage control systems.

Reuben James’ Commanding Officer CDR Daniel Valascho said that he is proud of the flexibility and support Reuben James Sailors were able to provide the GDP on her maiden voyage across the Pacific.

“The PASSEX with BRP Gregorio del Pilar was a marked success,” said Valascho.
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