Marines commandant conducts Archipelagic Coastal Defense survey, assessment in Tawi-Tawi

MGen. Ariel R. Caculitan PN(M), Commandant Philippine Marine Corps, visited the Marine detachments of the 2nd Marine Brigade in Tawi-Tawi from April 30 to May 2, 2021, with Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) Chief, Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., and other military officials for Archipelagic Coastal Defense (ACD) survey and assessment.

The survey and assessment took place after being granted permission to proceed with ACD by the Philippine Navy, Flag Officer in Command. The Commandant visited detachments deployed in far-flung islands of Tawi-Tawi manning and securing Littoral Monitoring Station (LMS) in all of the islands and islets under the Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, and Zamboanga Island Group in South Western Seaboard to ensure that the capability of Philippine Marine Corps frontline units is met and achieved when ACD operates.

MGen. Caculitan paid a courtesy call to the mayors of Sitangkai, Sibutu, and Bongao and talked about the dynamic partnership between the military and local governments in securing and sustaining the development of the sea trade route in the Celebes Sea.

The Commandant also made a courtesy call to the Governor of Tawi-Tawi, Hon. Yshmael I. Sali, Al-Hajj, and joined him in distributing food packs for iftar, the meal that ends Muslims’ daytime fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. PHILIPPINE MARINE CORPS