By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The United States and Philippine navies yesterday accomplished a coordinated counter-piracy patrol within the Sulu Sea in a transfer to reinforce regional peace and safety.
During the Sulu Sea patrol, which was carried out on the invitation of the Philippine authorities, crew members from the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS four) and the Del Pilar Class Frigate BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF 16) “worked closely together to detect and deter threats to maritime security,” the US embassy mentioned.
“These patrols enhance regional peace and stability,” mentioned Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander, Task Force 73.
“Our at-sea operations with the Philippine Navy demonstrate our commitment to the alliance and deter piracy and illegal activities,” he mentioned.
A bunch of Filipino navy sailors launched into USS Coronado and joined their counterparts to coordinate communications and actions between the 2 ships.
During the operation, additionally they exchanged greatest practices with their US counterparts in go to, board, search and seizure (VBSS) strategies and data sharing.
The US embassy mentioned the patrol strengthened maritime safety cooperation between the US and Philippine navies and enhanced each navies’ skill to reply to piracy and transnational prison exercise at sea.
“It further demonstrates US commitment to the security of the Philippines and enduring US interest in promoting stability and prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” it mentioned.
Prior to the Sulu Sea patrol, USS Coronado accomplished the Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama with the Philippine Navy in Cebu aimed toward sharpening tactical expertise in maritime safety operations.
The US embassy famous that Washington and Manila proceed to work collectively on plenty of initiatives and conduct common navy exchanges by way of routine participation in bilateral and multilateral workouts comparable to Balikatan, the Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama, Southeast Asian Cooperation and Training (SEACAT), the Rim of the Pacific train (RIMPAC), the Asian Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM-Plus) and different bilateral material professional exchanges.
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