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Philippine Navy Organization

The Philippine Navy encompasses two smaller bodies: Fleet and the Marines. Fleet is responsible for all naval assets and coastal defense. It is organized into three different Forces (Operating Force, Type Forces and Type Groups) which are specialized for different functions.

The Operating Force consists of seven naval Task Forces, which are frontline units that perform actual patrol, rescue, interdiction, and combat duties. Six of these Task Forces (Task Forces 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, and 71) are assigned to distinct areas of operation, while the seventh, known as "Task Force 80," functions as a rapid deployment unit.

Type Forces include the Patrol force, Service force and Assault Craft force. A fourth Force--the Ready Force (the Philippine Marine Corps)--was removed from Fleet and made a separate entity directly under the Navy in January 2009.

Type Groups include the Naval Air group, the Naval Special Operations group (the Philippine SEAL's), the Fleet training group, and the fleet support group.

The Philippine Fleet is divided into six different geographic districts known as Naval Operating Commands. Each is responsible for all naval security operations in its sector of the country:

  • Naval forces northern Luzon (NAVFORNOL)
  • Naval forces southern Luzon (NAVFORSOL)
  • Naval forces central (NAVFORCEN)
  • Naval forces west (NAVFORWEST)
  • Naval forces western Mindanao (NAVFORWEM)
  • Naval forces eastern Mindanao (NAVFOREM)

NAVFORWEM and NAVFOREM were formed in August 2006 when Southern Command was split to allow more effective operations against Islamist and communist rebels within the region.

Task Force 41 operated out of NAVFORWEST in 2007.

The Philippine Fleet also has several specialized, stand-alone commands and units.

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NSSC) is the biggest industrial complex of the AFP. It operates the country's military shipyards, develops new technologies for the Navy, and conducts maintenance on all the Navy's ships. NSSC's principal facilities are at the offshore operating base at Muelle de Codo and at Ft. San Felipe in Cavite City. The NSSC was formerly known as the Naval Support Command (NASCOM).

The Naval Reserve Command (NAVRESCOM) organizes, trains, and keeps tabs on all naval reservists (which includes the Naval Reserve Corps Training Units midshipmen and midshipwomen). It is responsible for recalling reservists to meet sudden spikes in military manpower demand, as for war, rebellion or natural disaster. The NAVRESCOM is presently based at Ft. Santiago, Manila. It was formerly known as the Home Defense Command.

The Naval Education & Training Command (NETC) is the Navy's training academy. provides basic and advanced training to PN Personnel. It serves officers and enlisted men and offers some advanced technical classes. NETC is located in San Antonio, Zambales.

The Naval Construction Brigade (NCBde) is tasked with naval construction and combat engineering operations. This unit is more popularly known as the "SeaBees". It primarily performs construction and rehabilitation of piers, harbors and beach facilities, harbor clearing and salvage works, construction of roads, bridges and other vital infrastructures.

The Naval Intelligence & Security Force (NISF) conducts intelligence and counter-intelligence operations in support of naval operations. The NISF gathers and processes data into usable information for use by operating units of the Philippine Navy Coast Watch Stations. These stations are established at vital choke points in the country.

Naval Communication, Electronics Information Services Center (NCEISC) provides communication services, operates and maintains other computer systems in order to develop a systematic and scientific approach to timely decision making process through an effective and efficient Electronic Data Processing - oriented system.

Naval Logistics Center (NLC) - began as the OSP supply center under the finance branch of the Philippine Army for supporting the few vessels turned over by the US Navy. In October 1947, the supply center was elevated to a regular division. This paved the way to the establishment in 1950 of the general supply depot. In 1967, the Naval Supply Center was placed under control of the Commander, Naval Shore Establishment, later called the Fleet Support Command and the Naval Support Command. Now, it was renamed the Naval Logistics Center.

The Philippine Navy Finance Center (PNFC) provides prompt and timely financial services essential to administration and operation of the Philippine Navy. PNFC operates the PN payroll system and processes all financial claims.

Manila and Cavite Naval Hospital (MNH and CNH) medical facilities provide hospital and out-patient services to PN personnel and dependents.

Naval Base Cavite (NBC) provides support services to the Philippine Navy and other AFP tenant units in the base complex, such as refueling, re-watering, shore power connections, berthing, ferry services, tugboat assistance, sludge disposal services and housing.

Bonifacio Naval Station (BNS) - replicates the functions of Naval Base Cavite for Philippine Navy units located in Fort Bonifacio in Makati City.

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