One More Time!: PCG to hold 2nd leg of maritime exercise again in WPS

One More Time!: PCG to hold 2nd leg of maritime exercise again in WPS


Its striking the iron while its hot.

After the successful and controversial first maritime exercises of the Philippine Coast Guard in the West Philippine Sea, they decided they will do it again in the same area as before.

Originally the second maritime exercise will be conducted in the Philippine Rise.

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“Sa WPS ulit isasagawa ang second leg ng maritime exercise, hindi muna sa Batanes Group of Islands at Philippine Rise (We will hold the second leg of the maritime exercise in the WPS again, not for the meantime in the Batanes Group of Islands and Philippine Rise),” the PCG said a message to reporters.


In a Facebook post, the PCG said seven out of the eight vessels that joined the previous maritime exercise remain on guard in the WPS.

“24/7 pa rin ang pagbabantay ng pitong barko ng PCG at BFAR [Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources] sa WPS para siguruhin ang kaligtasan ng mga lokal na mangingisda (The seven PCG and BFAR vessels remain on guard 24/7 in the WPS to ensure the safety of local fisherfolk),” the PCG said.


PCG’s BRP Gabriela Silang returned to Manila t get ready for the second leg of the joint PCG and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) maritime exercise.


It might be recalled that last April 23 to May 2, eight PCG and BFAR vessels conducted a joint maritime exercise at the Bajo de Masinloc and the Kalayaan Group of Islands in the WPS.


PCG explains that they trained on identifying ship position, cross-track bearing using Azimuth circle and nautical chart, publication familiarization, and cathodic protection test.

BRP Gabriela Silang, BRP Cabra, BRP Malapascua, and other PCG-manned BFAR vessels also worked on holding a man overboard exercise, small boat operation, seamanship, and a fire drill.



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