Naval Education and Training Command
Naval Officers Schools Center
NAVAL COMMAND AND STAFF SCHOOL
Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui, San Antonio, Zambales
The Speech REAR ADMIRAL JOSE RENAN C SUAREZ AFP, Commander of the Naval Education and Training Command of the Philippine Navy was delivered during the Opening/Convening Ceremony of the Naval Command and Staff Course Class 78 on 06 April 2015 at Classroom 1, Naval Officers School Center, Naval Education and Training Command, Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui, San Antonio, Zambales.
The speech of the Commander of the Naval Education and Training Command (CNETC) discuss the seriousness of the conduct of Naval Command and Staff Course Class (NCSC) due to his active involvement in the class activities. He also underscores “Mind Power Precedes Sea Power”. Our Navy is lagging behind but with our strategy, tactics and utilizing what we have we can win battles wherein, he looks at the Vietnamese as the model of true fighting force. That is what he wants to develop to the officers, to carry on the mission of the Philippine Navy. He also emphasizes on the modernization of our navy which is very important and with that, we have a lot of work to do. Taking NCSC is not just for promotion but to be able to handle what is demanded from us, the students of NCSC. He wants us to have a positive outlook on the challenges that we face, to develop a system and a good scheduling of our activities. He also stress that we have a lot of resources and sometimes we do not need to go far to look for what we need. Also, he wants us to generate new ideas, new ideas from old once and fresh view of things, views that can move us, the Navy, forward very fast. If the countries that cause threat to us are moving leap and bounce we cannot afford or merely crawl or walk we have to be running very fast. He also said that we will be future staff officers and commanders and a lot is expected from us in a way. We are the hope of our navy we have to stand up on your own. Moreover, he said what we need are people like you who will be able help us be a navy that will be able to defend our country without aid hopefully. It is for us a matter of pride that we can defend what we have. He also underscore also that dying is not good if you have not done your mission. Mission accomplishment precedes dying a heroic death. And lastly, he bid good luck, challenge us to find the value in the challenge and hope that we will be more useful in our respective units after the course.
As I understand from the opening statement of the Commander of Naval Education and Training Command (CNETC) the conduct of Naval Command and Staff Course (NCSC) will be taken seriously since it was made serious by the commander himself. He underscores “Mind Power Precedes Sea Power”. He is correct in saying that “We must be first of all sharp of mind so that we must be able to predict or even prevent superior opponents.” Since with the present force capability of our Navy we are inferior compared to the superpowers and the only thing we can do is utilized effectively and efficiently what we have with our God given talent and skills and our unmatched strategy and tactics, we can win battles.
I agree with CNETC that “it is no secret that the Philippine Navy is lagging behind in force capabilities compared to our neighbouring countries more particularly those executing or posting threat to our sovereignty and our interest, it is in this light that we should take extra effort in building ourselves up. First of all thru personal positive building, our strength will depend on the capability of our men, women particularly Officers, to develop strategy and tactics. To win battles you will need use what you have.” Yes, with what we have in our Navy’s force capability it is true that we are lagging behind the navy of countries that are executing or posting threat to our sovereignty and our interest...
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