Flag Officer in-Command

The Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy is the overall commander and senior admiral of the Philippine Navy, the naval & naval defense component of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It is normally held by a three-star rank of Vice Admiral. Its direct United States Navy equivalent is the Chief of Naval Operations

Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy
Seal of the Philippine Navy
Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad

since December 19, 2017
 Philippine Navy
Reports toChief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
AppointerPresident of the Philippines
FormationMay 20, 1898

List of Commanders

Ret. Vice Admiral Jesus Millan

The Following are the Commanding Flag Officers of the Philippine Navy, since its founding in 1898.[1]

Name Term
Captain Vicente Catalan 1898–1901
Captain Enrique Jurado 1941–1944
Col. Jose Andrada 1948–1951
Cmdr. Jose Andrada 5 January 1951–
R. Adm Simeon J. Alejandro 1970s/80s – 1986
R Adm. Serapio C. Martillano 1986
R Adm.Tagumpay R. Jardiniano 1986–1988
V. Adm. Eduardo Ma R Santos 1996–1999
V. Adm. Luisito Fernandez 1999 – 23 November 2000
V. Adm. Guillermo Wong 23 November 2000 – 01 March 2001
V. Adm. Victorino S. Hingco 01 March 2001 – 6 March 2003
V. Adm. Ernesto de Leon 6 March 2003 – 05 December 2005
V. Adm. Mateo M Mayuga 05 December 2005 – 09 December 2006
V. Adm. Rogelio I Calunsag 09 December 2006 – 02 August 2008
V. Adm. Ferdinand S Golez 02 August 2008 – 15 May 2010
R. Adm Danilo M. Cortez 15 May 2010 – 04 January 2011
V. Adm. Alexander P. Pama 04 January 2011 – 19 December 2012
V. Adm. Jose Luis M. Alano 19 December 2012 – 30 April 2014[2]
V. Adm. Jesus C. Millan 30 April 2014 – 10 July 2015[3]
V. Adm. Caesar C. Taccad 10 July 2015 – 12 November 2016[4]
V. Adm. Ronald Joseph Mercado 12 November 2016 – 19 December 2017[5]
V Adm. Robert Empedrad 19 December 2017 – present[6]


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Armed Forces of the Philippines

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP; Filipino: Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas; Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas de Filipinas) are the military forces of the Philippines. It consists of the three main service branches; the Army, the Navy (including the Marine Corps) and the Air Force. The President of the Philippines is the Commander-in-Chief of the AFP and forms military policy with the Department of National Defense, an executive department acting as the principal organ by which military policy is carried out, while the Chief of Staff is the overall commander and the highest-ranking officer in the AFP. A previous attached branch is the defunct Philippine Constabulary (which is merged with the Integrated National Police to form the Philippine National Police), while the Philippine Coast Guard is a wartime attached service. Military service is entirely voluntary.

Awards and decorations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Awards and decorations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines are military decorations which recognize service and personal accomplishments while a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and Philippine Marine Corps).

BRP Datu Kalantiaw (PS-76)

The BRP Datu Kalantiaw (PS-76) was the first of three ex-USN Cannon-class destroyer escort that served with the Philippine Navy, the others being BRP Datu Sikatuna (PS-77/PF-5) and BRP Rajah Humabon (PS-78/PF-11). She was also the flagship of the Philippine Navy from 1967 to 1981.

Bustos, Bulacan

Bustos, officially the Municipality of Bustos, (Tagalog: Bayan ng Bustos), is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 67,039 people.With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, Bustos is now included in the Greater Manila's built-up conurbation area which reaches San Ildefonso, Bulacan at its northernmost part.

Charles Harris (Royal Navy officer)

Rear Admiral Charles Frederick Harris CB (1887–1957) was Flag Officer commanding the Reserve Fleet.

Charles Henry Davis

Charles Henry Davis (January 16, 1807 – February 18, 1877) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. Working for the Coast Survey, Davis researched tides and currents, and located an uncharted shoal that had caused wrecks off the New York coast. In the Civil War, he commanded the Western Gunboat Flotilla, winning an important engagement in the Battle of Memphis, before capturing enemy supplies on a successful expedition up the Yazoo river.

Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, usually the only officer holding a rank of four-star general/admiral, is the head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), including all service branches (Army, Navy–Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard — in Wartime Attached Service) under its command. He is also the highest-ranking military officer of the whole AFP, and appointed by, as well as directly reports to the President of the Philippines under Article VII, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution. He also executes the President's commands, tactics, operations, plannings, and strategies, as well as serves as the Immediate Adviser to the Secretary of National Defense (Philippines) and prescribe directions to all commands (including The Commanding General of the Philippine Army, The Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy, The Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force, and Unified Commands). Its direct equivalent in the United States Armed Forces is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Unlike his/her United States counterpart which is merely supervisory, the AFP Chief of Staff oversees and has operational control over all military personnel of the Armed Forces.

The following is the list of Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CSAFP). The Armed Forces of the Philippines were created as a result of the December 21, 1935 National Defense Act, Commonwealth Act No. 1. However, the origin of the organization can be traced back to the establishment of the Philippine Constabulary, armed Filipino forces organized in 1901 by the United States to combat the Philippine Revolutionary Forces then led by General Emilio Aguinaldo.

George Dunbar Moore

Rear Admiral George Dunbar Moore, (10 October 1893 – 27 July 1979) was a senior commander in the Royal Australian Navy and a diplomat.Moore was appointed Australia's first Minister to the Philippines in 1950, leaving his position as naval flag officer in charge of Sydney to take up the post in Manila. In 1954, Moore made front-page news in the Philippines when local media claimed he lashed out at security officers at his residence. Moore retired from the position a year later in July 1955.

List of United States Coast Guard ratings

The United States Coast Guard's ratings are general occupations that consist of specific skills and abilities. Each rating has its own specialty badge, which is typically worn on the left sleeve of their service dress uniform by all enlisted personnel in that particular field. On Operational Dress Uniforms, they wear generic rate designators that exclude the rating symbol. Commissioned Officers do not have ratings. U.S. Coast Guard ratings are the equivalent of the ratings system used by the United States Navy, military occupational specialty codes (MOS Codes) used by the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps, and Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) used by the United States Air Force.

Ratings should not be confused with "rates", which describe the Navy's and Coast Guard's enlisted pay-grades. Enlisted Navy and Coast Guardsmen are referred to by their rating and rate. For example, if someone's rate is Petty Officer 2nd Class and his rating is Boatswain's Mate; when combined, Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (BM2) defines both. Although rates E-7 above are abbreviated similar to E-4 to E-6, the combined rating is listed before rate when completely spelled out. For instance, Master Chief Electronics Technician is abbreviated as ETCM. More examples are listed in the table below.

Naval War College

The Naval War College (NWC or NAVWARCOL) is the staff college and "Home of Thought" for the United States Navy at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. The NWC educates and develops leaders, supports defining the future Navy and associated roles and missions, supports combat readiness, and strengthens global maritime partnerships.

The Naval War College is one of the senior service colleges including the Army War College, the Marine Corps War College, and the Air War College. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Defense operates the National War College.

Philippine Merchant Marine Academy

The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) (Filipino: Akademya Pangkalakalang Pandagat ng Pilipinas) is the premier merchant marine academy in the Philippines. Operated by the Philippine government under the supervision of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the academy is located in San Narciso, in the province of Zambales. Students are called midshipmen but are often also referred to as cadets. Upon graduation students are commissioned as Ensigns (2nd Lieutenants) in the Philippine Navy Reserve. They have the option to start a career in the maritime industry or sign up for active military duty either in the Philippine Navy or the Philippine Coast Guard.

Philippine Navy

The Philippine Navy (PN; Filipino: Hukbong Dagat ng Pilipinas) is the naval warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It has an estimated strength of 24,000 active service personnel, including the 7,500-strong Philippine Marine Corps. It shares the responsibility of patrolling the maritime borders with the Philippine Coast Guard, a formerly attached unit which became a separate maritime law enforcement agency in 1998.

Philippine Revolutionary Army

The Philippine Revolutionary Army (Filipino: Panghimagsikang Hukbo ng Pilipinas/Hukbong Pilipinong Mapaghimagsik; Spanish: Ejército Revolucionario Filipino), later renamed Philippine Republican Army (Filipino: Hukbong Katihan ng Republika ng Pilipinas; Spanish: Ejército en la República de la Filipina) was founded on March 22, 1897 in Cavite. General Artemio Ricarte was designated as its first Captain General during the Tejeros Convention. This armed force of General Emilio Aguinaldo's central revolutionary government replaced the Katipunan's military force.

Ralph Leatham

Admiral Sir Ralph Leatham KCB (3 March 1888 – 10 March 1954) was a Royal Navy officer who served as Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth during World War II.

Rear admiral (D)

In the British Royal Navy, a Rear Admiral (D) or Rear Admiral Destroyers is a flag officer in command of the destroyer flotillas of a fleet.

Robert Empedrad

Vice Admiral Robert Arugay Empedrad is a Filipino Admiral and the current Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy. He is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy "Sinagtala" Class of 1986

Rolex 12

Rolex 12 is the collective name of twelve of the closest and most powerful advisers of President Ferdinand Marcos during the martial law years in the Philippines from 1972 to 1981.During the latter years of his second elected term, Marcos conspired with various leaders of the military and Philippine Constabulary. The goal was for Marcos to gain full authoritarian control of the country during his declaration of martial law in 1972. Marcos gave the military leadership powers during martial law, taking over from democratically elected officials and court judges.

The twelve were responsible for many human rights atrocities, although the extent of their responsibility is still being investigated. These atrocities include torture, murder, seizures of property, displacement from homes, and arrest and detention without due process.

The origin of the name Rolex 12 came from a widespread story and some sources that each associate received a Rolex watch from Marcos himself, although this remains unverified. Some contend that the gifts were actually Omega watches, but despite this confusion, the name Rolex 12 stuck and is still used to refer to these twelve Marcos associates. Some of them fled with Marcos when he and his family left the Philippines in 1986, while others like Enrile and Ramos were instrumental in the coup against him.

USS Booth

USS Booth (DE-170) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort built for the United States Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic Ocean and then the Pacific Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys.

She was laid down on 30 January 1943 at Newark, New Jersey, by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.; launched on 21 June 1943; named for Ensign Robert Sinclair Booth, who was assigned to the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, the first Washington, DC serviceman to die in the war; sponsored by Mrs. Annie L. Booth; towed by ocean-going tug AT-208 from her building yard to Norfolk, Virginia, via the Cape Cod Canal (24–26 June 1943), completed at the Norfolk Navy Yard; and commissioned there on 18 September 1943, Lt. Comdr. Donald W. Todd in command.

William McKean

William Wister McKean (19 September 1800 – 22 April 1865) was an admiral in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He was noted for his service in the Union blockade that effectively closed Confederate seaports in the Gulf of Mexico.

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