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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,”…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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