• New Navy chief assumes post today


    THE new Philippine Navy commander Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad will assume his post on Monday in a ceremony to be presided by President Benigno Aquino 3rd at Navy headquarters in Manila.

    Taccad will be replacing Vice Admiral Jesus Millan who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56.

    The two officers belong to Philippine Military Academy Class of 1982.

    According to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Aquino signed Taccad’s appointment papers on Thursday last week.

    Col. Edgard Arevalo, Navy spokesman, described Taccard as a professional officer who rose from the ranks and had occupied almost posts in the Navy.

    “[H]e is an officer [who]is very easy to get along with,” Arevalo said.

    Taccad is the chairman of the Navy’s Modernization Board and has served at the Chief Naval Staff and commander of the Naval Forces Northern Luzon.

    Arevalo said he and other senior officers are very confident that Taccad will be able to pursue the plans and aspirations of the Navy, which he said is “living in exciting times.”

    “It is very timely for a leader like Rear Admiral Taccad because his insights, his vision, his brand of leadership will definitely bring the Navy to greater heights,” he added.


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