Australian ships arrive for 21-day maritime security activity with PHL Navy

The Philippine Navy (PN) through Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will be conducting the 2nd PN-RAN Maritime Security Engagement from March 13 to April 2. This is after the successful 1st PN-RAN Maritime Security Engagement held in October 2017.

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The 2nd PN-RAN Maritime Security Engagement will be conducted within NFWM’s area of responsibility which includes waters of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

Participating in the engagement are RAN Armidale-class patrol boats Her Majesty Australian Ship (HMAS) Broome and HMAS Launceston.

“These kinds of activities are part of the anti-piracy and anti-terrorism campaign of the government which help curb the security threats that are affecting the Islands of Mindanao. The joint engagements conducted were one of the major causes in depleting the number of kidnapping incidents in Western Mindanao. Last year, 0 Kidnappings have been recorded within NFWM AOR through the effort of both local and international agencies,” NFWM said.

NFWM commander Rear Admiral Rene Medina said he is “very certain that both our navies share common concerns in ensuring safer seas and trade routes for our seafarers and respective communities.”

“The piracy and terrorism here in the Southern Philippines is not only the concern of our country but the concern of all,” Rear Admiral Medina added.