The Philippine Navy held a “heroes welcome” for the Fleet-Marine Contingent who took part in liberating Marawi City.
At about 7:30 a.m. today, the sailors, marines, and navy aviators who joined the fight to reclaim the city of Marawi against the Islamic State-inspired assailants Maute arrived at Pier 13 South Harbor on board BRP Tarlac.
The heroes welcome was themed as “Bravo Zulu, Home for Christmas”, and was led by the Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command, Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado.
The returning navy officers were given recognition and appreciation for their achievements during their deployment in Marawi.
The families and loved ones of the contingent also attended the occasion.
After the ceremony, a victory motorcade was given to the returning navy heroes from Pier 13 going to Marine Base Rudiardo Brown, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City and passed through the Headquarters of the Philippine Navy, Roxas Boulevard and EDSA.
As several troops reunite with their families, five battalions have been tasked to stay in Marawi to maintain the security and peace in the region as the rehabilitation for the besieged city commences.
The crisis in Marawi caused the lives of over 1,000 people, mostly from the side of the terrorist group Maute.