PH Navy maintains patrols in West Philippine Sea (WPS)

PH Navy maintains patrols in West Philippine Sea (WPS)

Despite the limitations of necessary naval equipment this has not deterred the Philippine Navy (PN) in the accomplishment of their mandate.

The Philippine Navy announced they still and will continue to maintain their maritime presence and patrol in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea, Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo told GMA New TV on May 10.

“Ang ating malaking barko ay kasalukuyang they are patrolling the West Philippine Sea. Tuloy-tuloy ang ating security and territorial defense operations in spite of this COVID-19 crisis,” Vice Admiral Bacordo said.

BRP-Conrado Yap (PS39)
(photo credit to owner)

“We continue to conduct EEZ patrols and regular rotation, and replenishment of our personnel in our nine occupied features in the West Philippine Sea,” he added.

The Radar gun incident

Last month it was reported that a Chinese naval warship pointed its radar gun to a Philippine Navy vessel – BRP Conrado Yap (PS39) while conducting Territorial Defense Operations and sovereignty patrol at Malampaya Natural Gas to Power Project (MNGPP) and in the Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea.

Vice Admiral Rene Medina, commander of WesCom and of Joint Task Force West (JTFW) said PS39 issued a radio challenge to the gray ship, which he said responded that "the Chinese government has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea, its islands and its adjacent waters."

He said the BRP Conrado Yap again challenged the vessel, which then "repeated its response and maintained her course and speed."

"From there, PS39 was able to visually observe that the gun control director, an equipment that gives information in obtaining a fire control solution, of said PLAN vessel was directed towards PS39," Medina said, citing the incident report.

A diplomatic protest was filed by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) regarding that incident.

Also please see:

Chinese Navy ship showed 'hostile intent' in February incident with BRP Conrado Yap -WESCOM

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