May 3, 2021 – Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) safely arrived at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila at around 08:24 a.m. today, 03 May 2021.
On 23 April 2021, said Coast Guard vessel departed Manila to participate in the joint training exercises of the PCG and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the West Philippine Sea.
During said initiative led by the Task Force Pagsasanay, the BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) and BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407) conducted training on navigation and patrol operations near Bajo de Masinloc.
The PCG’s 83-meter offshore patrol vessel carried out Troop Information and Education (TI&E) for the vessel’s crew and PCG officer candidates on determining ship’s position, cross track bearing by use of Azimuth circle and nautical chart, as well as publication familiarization and cathodic protection test.
Afterwards, the BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) proceeded to the Kalayaan Island Group to join BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409), BRP Malapascua (MRRV-4403), and other PCG-manned BFAR vessels to hold training exercises, which included man overboard exercise, small boat operations, seamanship, fire drill, and other ships evolution.
In support of the PCG’s #BayanihanSaKaragatan, PCG personnel of the BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) also prepared and distributed cooked meals, water pack noodles, poultry, and condiments to local fishermen transiting at the vicinity waters off Kalayaan Island Group.
PCG Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr lauded the successful and safe conduct of the first leg of the joint training exercises in the West Philippine Sea. He also thanked all PCG personnel who participated in the initiative for their tireless efforts and selfless sacrifices to ultimately uphold maritime security in the Philippine waters.
“Our people and assets are our greatest weapons for maritime security. Rest assured we will provide all training and support needed to ensure they are equipped and prepared to protect our citizens, especially our local fishermen in our country’s waters,” Admiral Ursabia said.
As of today, 03 May 2021, the PCG and BFAR are preparing for the second leg of the comprehensive maritime exercise that will be held in the Batanes Group of Islands and the Benham Rise. It is scheduled to commence on the second week of May.