Saturday, October 6, 2012

Philippine Fleet of Philippine Navy

Rear Adm. Orwen J. Cortez formally assumed command of the 100-ship strong Philippine Fleet last Oct. 4.

The change of command of ceremony transpired at the Philippine Fleet multi-purpose hall at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City.

The event was presided by Philippine Navy chief Vice Adm. Alexander P. Pama.

Cortez replaces Rear Adm. Jose Luis M. Alano who is promoted to head the Central Command based in Cebu effective Sept. 14.

He served as the Commander of the Naval Forces West in Palawan, and Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command from Nov. 10, 2010 to April 5, 2011.

He was later on promoted to Philippine Fleet vice commander.

Cortez has also served as former deputy commander of the Naval Forces West in 2007 before moving to the Philippine Fleet in Sangley Point, Cavite in 2008.

His concept is "fleet marine operations" or operations where marine and naval units combined to carry out specified task.

While still serving as a captain, Cortez was the commander of the Philippine-US Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Exercise Task Force in 2006.

He was promoted to Commodore on and took his oath as Rear Admiral on April 4, 2011.

Also on the same month, Cortez received the Military Merit Award for meritorious and valuable services rendered in the position of major responsibility as Commander Naval Forces Western Mindanao from Nov. 10, 2010 to April 5, 2011.

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