Stratton conducts fisheries patrol en route Guam from Philippines

On the heels of their operations combatting United Nations sanctions violations in support of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) arrived in Guam, Monday, furthering the United States’ commitment to regional security and partnerships. This arrival comes after seven successful high seas fisheries boardings under the authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) while on their transit between the Philippines and Guam. This part of their deployment is intended to deter illegal fishing of highly migratory fish stocks such as…

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Visit of Indian Naval Ships to Manila

October 23, 2019 – As part of Indian Navy’s Overseas Deployment to South East Asia and Western Pacific, Indian Navy ships Sahyadri and Kiltan are making a port call at Manila, Philippines from 23 – 26 Oct 19. The ships are part of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet under the Operational Command of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, based at Visakhapatnam. The port call is a demonstration of India’s warm ties with Philippines. IN Ships Sahyadri and Kiltan are the latest, indigenously designed and built multi-role Guided Missile Stealth…

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Méndez Núñez Pays Tribute to the “Last of the Philippines”

September 10, 2019 (Google Translation) – Last Monday, September 9, the frigate of the Spanish Navy F-104 ‘Méndez Núñez’, which is in transit to the island of Guam, has anchored in the Bay of Baler (Philippines) to pay tribute to the ‘Heroes del Baler ‘or better known as’ The Last of the Philippines’. This detachment consisted of 54 soldiers defended 121 years ago the Spanish possessions in the archipelago during a year of siege, then starring in one of the greatest feats of Spanish military history. The entire endowment has…

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Two South Korean Warships Visit Manila

September 3, 2019 – Two Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) vessels, the destroyer Munmu the Great (DDH-976) and fast combat support ship Hwacheon (AOE-59), arrived in Pier 15, Manila South Harbor, Monday for a three-day goodwill visit to the Philippines. Lt. Cmdr. Maria Christina A. Roxas, PN acting director for public affairs, said these naval ships are part of the ROKN Cruise Training Task Group comprised of more than 600 Navy personnel and around 100 cadets headed by its commander, Rear Admiral Yang Min Soo. The South Korean ships were…

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JMSDF Port Call at Subic Bay

July 1, 2019 – Three ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)’s Escort Flotilla One have docked off the East Rivera Wharf in SBMA, Olongapo City on Sunday for a goodwill visit until Wednesday. Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata said this is the third visit of JMSDF ships in the country this year. The first one was JS Ikazuchi (DD-107) in Manila last January and JS Samidare (DD-106) in Subic Bay last May. The visiting JMSDF Escort Flotilla One is composed of the “helicopter destroyer” and flagship,…

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Program to refurbish Philippine Navy’s FAC Fleet

June 19, 2019 – The decision to acquire eight fast-attack interdictor craft missile (FAICM) is intended to replace the aging naval vessels tasked for maritime interdiction operations. Captain Jonathan Zata, Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson, made this comment when asked for the reason why the naval service is acquiring eight FAICM, with four of the ships armed with non-line of sight of missiles (NLOS), aside from the two more modern corvettes and three more Spike-ER surface-to-surface missile armed multi-purpose attack craft. “The FAICM is intended for the refleeting program of our…

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Navy Trainers Support Philippines in Maritime Patrol Mission

June 11, 2019 – Members of the Defence Cooperation Program Sea Training Group have recently completed their sixth rotation conducting Maritime Interoperability Training at Naval Forces Western Mindanao in Zamboanga, Philippines. Lead by Commander Mitchell Edwards, a small team of Australian Sea Trainers have been deployed to various locations throughout the Operation AUGURY-PHILIPPINES area of operation under Joint Task Force 629. As part of an Australian Defence Joint Task Force and with air, land and maritime activities simultaneously taking place, the Sea Trainers worked alongside the Philippine Navy Training Team…

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USS Pioneer and Patriot Visit Puerto Princesa

May 13, 2019 – Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Patriot (MCM 7) arrived in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, for a port visit for resupply and routine maintenance purposes, May 9. Pioneer and Patriot sailors will also have the opportunity to learn about the Filipino culture and engage with the Puerto Princesa community. For many Filipino-American sailors, visiting the Philippines is a chance to reconnect with their heritage. “This isn’t just a chance for us to have fun and relax. We have sailors on board who have…

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USS Chief Arrives in Manila

March 17, 2019 – The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Manila, Philippines, March 17, for a port visit. Chief is visiting Manila while operating in U.S. 7th Fleet to work with our Philippines partners to strengthen regional security and stability, and enhance interoperability. “The crew of Chief is thrilled at the opportunity to visit Manila,” said Lt. Cmdr. Fred Crayton, commanding officer of Chief. “Our camaraderie with the Philippines is one of our most enduring relationships in the Indo-Pacific region. The Filipino people are some…

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Russian Ships Visit Manila

January 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today, a detachment of warships (OBK) of the Pacific Fleet (Pacific Fleet) as part of the flagship of the Order of Nakhimov Guards missile cruiser (GRKR) “Varyag”, a large anti-submarine ship (BOD) “Admiral Panteleyev” and a large sea tanker “Boris Butoma” called at the port of Manila (Philippines). As part of the visit, Pacific seamen will meet with representatives of the command of the naval forces (Navy) of the Philippines and the Russian Ambassador to the Philippines. The servicemen of the Pacific Fleet will…

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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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