US National Security Cutter conduct maritime exercises with PH Coast Guard in WPS

US National Security Cutter conduct maritime exercises with PH Coast Guard in WPS

The United States of America has been conducting a lot of its “Freedom of Navigation” near the man made islands China has made in the West Philippine Sea, with it world class blue water Navy , the US for now is not being challenged by China by being aggressive during the duration of its voyage.

Aside from its formidable navy, the US Coast Guard is expanding its presence here in the Pacific, just this week US Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) and vessels from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) conducted joint search-and-rescue exercises May 14 in the South China Sea west of Manila.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (left) with Philippine coast guard vessels Batangas (center) and Kalanggaman during an exercise last May 14 in the South China Sea (photo credit to

The Bertholf, a 418-foot national security cutter based in Alameda, California, worked together with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessels Batangas and Kalanggaman on small-boat search-and-rescue tactics to conduct the mock rescue of a person in the water. The Bertholf is in the midst of a Western Pacific deployment under the tactical control of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet.

The US Coast Guard trains with allies like the Philippines on search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and small-boat tactics, Bertholf’s crew enjoys the benefits of the strong, often personal ties between the countries, the release said.

“Bertholf completed an at-sea search-and-rescue exercise today with our counterparts from the Philippine coast guard. This engagement proved an excellent opportunity to compare techniques, maintain proficiency and build a friendly relationship amongst professional mariners and coast guards,” said Capt. John J. Driscoll, Bertholf’s commanding officer.

“The U.S. Coast Guard is proud to operate with our Pacific counterparts, and together we are dedicated to enhancing our capabilities and strengthening maritime governance and security while promoting individual sovereignty,” said Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Pacific Area. “Today’s exercise is a great opportunity to share our experiences and learn from our partners in the Philippine coast guard.”

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