Navy gets first female commodore

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    THE Philippine Navy yesterday got its first female commodore (equivalent to brigadier general in the Army and Air Force) with the promotion in rank of the chief of the AFP’s Office for Legislative Affairs.

    AFP chief Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. led the donning of rank ceremony for Luzviminda Camacho and two other senior military officials at the AFP general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo yesterday morning.

    “She made history as the first female commodore in the Philippine Navy,” said Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata, the AFP’s public affairs officer, of Camacho who was promoted from Navy captain (equivalent to colonel in the Army and Air Force).

    Zata said Camacho also made history for being the first female Navy officer to command a ship and the first female commander of a peacekeeping force.

    Camacho commanded the BRP Iloilo, a Miguel Malvar-class corvette, in 2010. A year later, she was named commander of the BRP Magat Salamat, another Miguel Malvar-class corvette.

    In 2013, Camacho was designated as commander of the Philippine peacekeeping contingent to Haiti. She commanded the contingent for two years.

    Camacho, who hails from Bayambang town in Pangasinan, was commissioned into the service in 1990, through the Officer Candidate School.

    She is due to reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 next year.

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