PCG, BFAR now preparing for exercises in Philippine Rise, Batanes

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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) are now preparing for the second leg of comprehensive maritime exercises which will be held in the Batanes Group of Islands and Philippine (Benham) Rise, PCG said.

According to PCG, the exercises in Batanes and Philippine Rise are scheduled to commence on the second week of May.

This is after the successful conduct of BFAR, PCG joint training exercises in Bajo de Masinloc and Kalayan Island Group in West Philippine Sea.

BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301), which participated in the said recent exercises, arrived at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila today, May 3.

“The PCG’s 83-meter offshore patrol vessel carried out Troop Information and Education (TI&E) for the vessel’s crew and PCG officer candidates on determining ship’s position, cross track bearing by use of Azimuth circle and nautical chart, as well as publication familiarization and cathodic protection test,” PCG said.

“Afterwards, the BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) proceeded to the Kalayaan Island Group to join BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409), BRP Malapascua (MRRV-4403), and other PCG-manned BFAR vessels to hold training exercises, which included man overboard exercise, small boat operations, seamanship, fire drill, and other ships evolution,” it added.