Participants of the 6th RimlandPacific Superintendents’ Conference with the Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Caesar C Taccad AFP, during the Opening Ceremonies of the Conference.
Manila, Philippines – This year’s Rimland Pacific Superintendents’ Conference (RPSC), dubbed as “Service Academies: Strengthening Cooperation and Collaboration to Address Global Security Challenges”, was hosted by the Philippine Military Academy at the Sofitel Hotel, Manila last 18-22 July 2016. Eleven countries participated in this year’s gathering, namely: Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam.
Activities for the conference included lecture presentations and open discussions among participating service academies and invited observers from the different education and training units of the AFP. The conference also provided for a venue for bilateral talks between and among the participants with topics ranging from bilateral exchange programs involving faculty and cadets and enhancing partnerships to address global security challenges.
The 5th RPSC was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2014 with the theme “Blending Academic, Naval Professional, and Leadership Training to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century”. It was attended by heads or representatives of Naval Academies of Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, United States of America, Singapore, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Philippines, and Vietnam.
The RPSC is a gathering of the heads of Naval Service Academies of United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Chile, Russia, Vietnam, and China. The main purpose of the event is to provide information, exchange ideas and lessons learned and to provide a forum to enable each academy, institute or training command to seek a collaborative relationship among the member academies.
The participants of the 6th Rimland Pacific Superintendents’ Conference with the AFP Chief of the Staff, Gen Ricardo R Visaya AFP, during the Welcome Dinner hosted by the PMA Superintendent, MGen Donato B San Juan B San Juan II AFP.