Australian patrol boats arrive for joint patrols with PHL Navy

The Philippine Navy (PN), through Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will be holding the 3rd iteration of PN-RAN Maritime Security Engagement. The 2nd PN-RAN Maritime Security Engagement was held in late March to early April this year, while this 1st PN-RAN Maritime Security Engagement was held in October 2017.

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In line with the 3rd joint Maritime Security Engagement, RAN Armidale-class patrol boats Her Majesty Australian Ship (HMAS) Albany and HMAS Glenelg was welcomed by PN BRP General Mariano Alvarez 3.8 nautical miles Southeast off Tictabon Island, Zamboanga City on May 14.

The meeting procedure between PN and RAN ships marked the start of 3rd combined Maritime Security Engagement.

“Part of the activity is the series of maritime patrols in the Sea Lines of Communications (SLOCs) particularly in the waters of ZAMPELAN, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi. Also, various ship drills aboard PN and RAN vessels will be undertaken for the benefit and readiness of crew on board,” NFWM said.

“Initially, the PN will be utilizing the following vessels to participate in the maritime patrol: BRP Cebu (PS 28), BRP Anastacio Cacayorin (PS 381), BRP Dioscoro Papa (PC 381), BRP Filipino Flojo (PC 386) and BRP Gen Mariano Alvarez,” NFWM said.

“The joint cooperation and continuous conduct of such activities with other regional navies had helped the government in preventing and ending piracy, kidnappings and terrorism in the maritime domain. The efforts of the military particularly the engagement of the Fleet-Marine Team in the Western Mindanao upholds the efforts of the government to maintain a safe maritime environment in Western Mindanao Command’s Area of Responsibility (AOR),” it added.