PH Navy suffered no critical damage in Sulu encounter with ASG

PH Navy suffered no critical damage in Sulu encounter with ASG


The recent achievement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in neutralizing the members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who are considered high level targets of the military.

The Philippine Navy(PN)’s reported that the multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) used in intercepting an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) speedboat near Sulare Island, Parang, Sulu was not heavily damaged despite taking fire from the terrorists

"There is an ongoing battle damage assessment of this vessel. The initial finding shows more or less 20 bullets received by the vessel in the recent gunfight between the ASG in the Sulu Sea. The good news is that no one was injured (among) the crew and no equipment was damaged," Navy public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) when asked for updates on the condition of the MPAC, which was identified as BA-493.

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The MPAC BA-493 is assigned to the PN’s 3rd Attack Boat Division.

"Based on the position of the bullets, only one hit below the waterline, so it means that the craft is not in critical condition," Roxas said.

Roxas, added that the engagement off Sulare Island validates the purpose of the MPACs in "terms of naval/ maritime patrol operations, sea denial, fast-attack interdiction of hostile craft, insertion, and search-and-rescue operations."

The Philippine Navy has in its inventory 12 MPACs, capable of running speeds of 30 knots to 45 knots. 


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