Bacordo assumes role as new PH Navy chief

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) — Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo took on his new role as chief of the Philippine Navy Monday, in a change of command ceremony attended by President Rodrigo Duterte.

In his speech, Bacordo said he would "commit to nothing less but to do my duties to the best of my abilities" as Navy Flag Officer-in-Command.

Bacordo also outlined his plans to modernize the Philippine Navy, saying how some new equipment given to the Navy just a few years ago were unusable now and that "port facilities of all naval bases and stations are not capable of accommodating strategic vessels," and instead were docked in commercial ports.

The Navy must develop its systems, he said.

"In view of these observations, I will implement programs that will ensure that these new defense capabilities will remain to be capable through time," he said, adding doing so would continue to make the Navy strong and credible.

Bacordo mentioned three priority programs: a sustainment suite for new platforms, weapons and sensors; strict implementation of specialization for officers; and modernizing the mindset of sailors and marines.

"Without a modern mindset, the modern assets of the Navy will go to waste," he said.

In a prepared speech, President Duterte said he was confident Bacordo would be able to lead the Navy during his tenure as chief.

"I am confident that our Navy under your leadership will continue to achieve more milestones in the campaign to protect the freedoms and democratic values that we hold dear," said the President.

Duterte went on to say the Navy had his and the administration's support as he pursued the goal in making the Navy more modern and stronger.