The Philippine Navy will soon have a Fleet-Marine detachment in Rio Hondo, Zamboanga City. Construction for the said detachment was started March 8 in a one-hectare property in the said location.
The detachment will house a pier, helipad, warehouses for disaster requirements, office building and living quarters, accommodation for small boats, gates and other security amenities.
“The Fleet-Marine Detachment Rio Hondo will complement the existing patrol base in the area and ensure maritime interdiction of approaching sea-going lawless elements. The increased naval presence will make barangay Rio Hondo least vulnerable to threat groups,” said former Navy chief, retired Vice Admiral Jesus C. Millan. Millan is now Department of National Defense Undersecretary for Civil, Veteran and Retiree Affairs.
The Navy said Fleet-Marine Detachment Rio Hondo will also serve as a forward base to house disaster relief and rehabilitation teams, supplies and equipment for immediate deployment when necessary.
Current Navy chief, Vice Admiral Caesar C. Taccad said “the establishment of this facility is a proactive measure of the Navy to enhance the preparedness of our disaster teams and emergency responders that would assist the community in times of need.”
Barangay Rio Hondo is one of the sites of the bloody gun battles between the military and the Moro National Liberation Front in September 2013.
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