Philippine Marines Coastal Defense Regiment showcases future capabilities

Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) commandant Major General Ariel R. Caculitan PN(M) visited the newly activated PMC Coastal Defense Regiment (CDR) on January 5.

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PMC CDR, which was activated August 7, 2020 under Philippine Navy’s Defense Capability Program, aims to enhance and improve capabilities on sea control based on the concepts of anti-access and area denial to maintain territorial integrity, assert sovereignty over the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and extended continental shelf, and protect Sea Lines of Communications (SLOCs), the Marines said.

It added that CDR is designed to protect the country’s shores, ships, and amphibious task forces against an invading enemy and to improve littoral capabilities in support of naval operations.

“During the visit, the commandant witnessed the unit’s capability demonstration. Coastal defense is one of the Major Capabilities that the Marines will focus on as an integral part of the Philippine Navy’s Active Archipelagic Defense Strategy,” PMC said.