Young Philippine Navy Officer Tops US Naval Combat Course

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On August 6, 2021, Lt. Junior Grade Roilan Seo (right) accepts a Plaque of Recognition from Capt. Alexis Walker, commanding officer of Surface Warfare Schools Command in Rhode Island, United States. | Photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy Offshore Combat Force

A young Philippine Navy (PN) officer is creating a name for himself in the United States after recently graduating from his naval combat officer school.

Lt. Junior Grade (LTJG) Roilan Seo of the Philippine Navy’s Offshore Combat Force (OCF) graduated Top 1 with a cumulative grade of 96.3 percent and a Plaque of Recognition from the International Combat Information Center Watch Officer Course at the International Surface Warfare Officers School in Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.

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(Left-Right) LTJG Johnny Marohombsar, LTJG Lloyd Rosete, LTJG Roilan Seo, and LTJG Markevin Adan present a memento to Capt. Alexis Walker, commanding officer of Surface Warfare Schools Command, after graduating from the International Combat Information Center Watch Officer Course at the International Surface Warfare Officers School on August 6, 2021, at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. | Photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy Offshore Combat Force

LTJG Lloyd Rosete and LTJG Johnny Marohombsar III of the PN-OCF, as well as LTJG Markevin Adan of the PN-Littoral Combat Force, also passed the training with flying colors (LCF).

According to the PN-OCF, all four Philippine student officers finished first in their class and were ranked one to four.

“The Force extends its genuine congratulations to the students for exemplifying excellence and representing the country in the International Combat Information Watch Officer Course!” said the PN-OCF last Tuesday, Aug. 24.

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The four Navy officers finished their naval school last August 6, along with six other overseas students, three from Saudi Arabia and one each from Romania, Mexico, and Turkey.

The PN-OCF stated that the course’s goal was to deliver basic Combat Information Center (CIC) operations training to multinational commanders during ordinary peacetime steaming.

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Watch Officer Course at the International Combat Information Center Surface Warfare Schools Command (SWSC) staff pose for a portrait with 21020 students. | Photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy Offshore Combat Force

“The course put emphasis on multi-threat warfare areas, CIC equipment, special maneuvering, and CIC navigation,” it said.

“Upon completion, it is expected that the student is prepared to plan, coordinate, and manage the supervision of all CIC operations and training during routine peacetime steaming,” it added.