Tuesday 15 May 2018

Philippine, Australian navies hold sea drills in Western Mindanao

The Philippines continues to upgrade its tactics and experience as regards to perennial problems down south.

Last Monday, May 14, The Philippine Navy and the Royal Australian Navy began the third round of joint maritime and security exercises in the waters in Western Mindanao and Sulu all geared for the upgrade of capabilities by our navy as against terrorism and piracy.

Col. Hernanie Songano, deputy commander for marine operations of Naval Forces Western Mindanao and Lt. Col. Judd Finger, commander of the RAN's Joint Task Force 629, led the opening of the exercise in a simple ceremony.
Navy ships participating in the sea drills in Western Mindanao (photo credit Naval Forces Western Mindanao)


Songano, representing Rear Admiral Rene Medina, said the three weeks of exercises will include a series of maritime patrols in the Sea Lines of Communication — a term for primary maritime routes — particularly in the waters off the Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

Drills for crew readiness will also be done aboard the Philippine and Australian ships.

The joint cooperation and continuos conduct of maritime exercises with other navies in the region has helped the country addressing the problems against piracy, kidnappings, and terrorism in Philippine seas.

"The efforts of the military, particularly the engagement of the Fleet-Marine Team in the Western Mindanao, upholds the efforts of the government to maintain a safe maritime environment in Western Mindanao Command’s Area of Responsibility," Songano said.

It will be recalled that the PN and RAN held their first joint maritime exercises in 2017 and another series in April this year.

The Philippine Navy will will deploy BRP Cebu (PS 28), BRP Anastacio Cacayorin (PC 381), BRP Dioscoro Papa (PC 381), BRP Filipino Flojo (PC 386) and BRP Gen. Mariano Alvarez (PS 38) while the Royal Australian Navy will use the HMAS Albany and HMAS Glenelg.

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