PCG ship's signal is jammed while on routine patrol in Spratly's

PCG ship's signal is jammed while on routine patrol in Spratly's

The West Philippine Sea remains a contested issue for the Philippines and for the other claimants.

The Philippine Coast Guard in a routine patrol in the West Philippine Sea specifically near the Panganiban and Ayungin reef experienced something that is usually being felt when signals are being jammed, last week.

BRP Sindangan ((MRRV-4407), a Parola-class vessel of the Philippine Coast Guard, sailed near Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef).

BRP Sindangan (photo credit to owner)
Panganiban Reef is located within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone(EEZ) but China has turned it into a massive artificial island in recent years.

“We could not communicate with our vessel by satellite phone at some point during their patrol in the Spratly Islands. The signal was jammed,” said one coast guard official knowledgeable of the operation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Ayungin Shoal is occupied by the Philippines through BRP Sierra Madre, a naval floating outpost.

The PCG because of the limited range of their radios would usually use satellite phones to communicate with the mainland whenever they are far out at sea.

But the signal jamming was not the first time, according to the official.

“Whenever our ships are close to China-controlled areas or vessels, they can no longer use their satellite phones likely because of the signal jammers,” he said, without directly accusing China as responsible for the jamming.

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