Progress steady in construction of PH Navy’s first missile frigate

October 24, 2018 – The Philippine Navy said the construction of the country’s first missile-armed frigate is steadily progressing. “(The construction of) our (first) frigate is moving forward. It will arrive in February (or) March of 2020. All systems go and we should be happy for our country,” Navy flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, said during an interview with reporters late Monday. The keel-laying for the frigate took place in Ulsan, South Korea last October 16. The Philippines and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) signed a PHP16 billion contract for two…

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U.S., Philippines and Japan conduct amphibious landing in the Philippines

October 9, 2018 – The United States Armed Forces, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) conducted amphibious operations training during exercise KAMANDAG 2 at Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui, Oct. 6. U.S. and Philippine Marines aboard U.S. assault amphibious vehicles (AAVs) launched from the U.S. Navy’s USS Ashland (LSD 48) and Philippine Navy’s BRP Davao del Sur (LD 602) as part of a counterterrorism and humanitarian response based exercise. The ship-to-shore movement brought the U.S., Philippine and Japanese militaries together to advance amphibious capabilities. “This is…

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BRP Tarlac Visits Vladivostok

October 1, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today in Vladivostok, with the first business trip in history, the landing ship-dock (DVKD) “Tarlac” of the Navy of the Philippines arrived. The mooring of the ship at the main pier of the Pacific Fleet in the Golden Horn Bay was provided by tugs of a detachment of ships providing the main naval base. On behalf of the Pacific Fleet Command, Filipino sailors were welcomed by the temporary commander of the combination of surface ships of the fleet, Captain 1st Rank Dmitry Pashenyuk. By…

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Philippine Coast Guard becomes Philippines’ first H145 operator for parapublic missions

September 26, 2018 – Philippine Coast Guard has placed an order for one H145 helicopter, making it the first H145 parapublic operator in the Philippines. The new 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter is specially equipped with high frequency radios, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light, and electro-optical systems to perform critical missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol and law enforcement. The latest contract will also encompass on-site technical support and continuing airworthiness management organization services, fully supported by Airbus’ team in the country. “We are honored…

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Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations. “The size and success of KAKADU is evidence of Australia’s growing reputation as a trusted and capable…

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17th SEACAT Exercise Kicks-Off with 9 Nations

August 28, 2018 – The 17th annual Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise commenced Aug. 27 with nine partner nations in Singapore. The exercise focuses on increasing maritime domain awareness through collaborative and coordinated sharing of information toward ensuring a common understanding of what is going on in the maritime environment and how best to operate as an effective unified maritime force. SEACAT brings Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, U.S., Thailand and Vietnam together in a series of tailored seminars including a comprehensive…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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USNS Millinocket Arrives in Puerto Princesa

USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff Sailors and Marines arrived in Puerto Princesa, Republic of the Philippines June 4 as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet theater security cooperation (TSC) patrol. The 7th Fleet team, consisting of more than 40 service members including the U.S. 7th Fleet band and Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) Marines, have already been to Singapore and Malaysia, where they participated in flag-level staff talks, community relations projects and a number of band engagements and receptions aimed at enhancing relationships and…

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USNS Lummus, Ocean Jazz Complete Backload of Balikatan 2018

Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships conducted a backload of all equipment that was previously offloaded to support Exercise Balikatan (BK) 2018 at Subic Bay, Olongapo, Philippines, May 24-28. Maritime prepositioning ship (MPS) USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) and general purpose, heavy-lift vessel MV Ocean Jazz loaded about 620 items, which they previously delivered, over the span of four days after the Balikatan exercise officially concluded May 18. “When our military is performing exercises with our partner nations, we are often focused on the kinetic aspect of the military-to-military…

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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa, Offloads 3d MARDIV Marines

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa, to offload the 3d Marine Division (MARDIV), March 12. During the port visit, Bonhomme Richard will offload personnel and equipment of the 3d MARDIV following exercise Cobra Gold 2018.  Since embarking in January, 3d MARDIV and Bonhomme Richard have completed their participation in the 37th iteration of CG18, alongside the Kingdom of Thailand, and have conducted scheduled port visits in Laem Chabang, Thailand, and Manila, Philippines. “It was great working with the 3d MARDIV throughout this patrol and during exercise…

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Bonhomme Richard departs Manila

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), with embarked 3d Marine Division (MARDIV) Marines, departed Manila to continue a patrol in the Indo-Pacific region following a scheduled port visit, March 8. During the visit, the ship hosted distinguished visitors, including three ambassadors to the Republic of the Philippines, several key Indo-Pacific region military officers, and local leaders for a capabilities brief and a ship tour. The port visit followed Bonhomme Richard’s participation in exercise Cobra Gold 2018, and provided the crew an opportunity to experience the rich history and culture of the…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group arrives in Manila for port visit

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Manila, Feb. 16, for a routine port visit during a Western Pacific deployment. More than 5,500 Sailors from both vessels will visit local attractions and participate in community service projects while in the Philippine capital. “We are just very thankful for the support we have from the Philippine government and the Philippine people,” said Fuller. “We have a longstanding relationship and we want to continue to build on that.” The strike group is operating in the Indo-Pacific…

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Pacific Fleet ship detachment finished its visit to the Philippines

Pacific Fleet ship detachment, including major ASW ships Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Panteleyev as well as major tanker vessel Boris Butoma, has finished its visit to the Philippines. During the stay, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu and the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte as well as foreign diplomats and civilians visited the major ASW ship Admiral Panteleyev. The Russian seamen saw the sights of Manila, and laid wreaths to the monument to José Protasio Rizal.

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Philippines and Australia agree to enhanced counter terrorism cooperation

The Australian Defence Force will expand its assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to strengthen its long-term ability to combat terrorist threats and prevent the spread of Daesh to our region. Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne said ADF mobile training teams will begin providing urban warfare counter-terrorism training in the Philippines in the coming days. The agreement comes after five months of fierce fighting in the Southern Philippines city Marawi, which was seized by Daesh-aligned terrorists in May. Minister Payne welcomed the announcement by the…

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Smooth sailing in the Philippines

The recent visit to the Philippines, by two Australian Navy ships of the Indo-Pacific Task Group has significantly reinforced the strong defense relationship between Australia and the archipelago. Led by HMAS Adelaide in company with HMAS Darwin, both ships were welcomed to the Port of Manila by the Philippines Navy for a full day of engagements including the visit by the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Australian Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin. The Task Group later sailed to Subic Bay for a four-day visit, where…

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