PHL Coast Guard receives Israeli submachine guns to combat piracy, terrorism

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) today received 70 units of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Tavor X-95 (9mm) submachine gun. The newly acquired weapons were presented to PCG Commandant Rear Admiral Elson E. Hermogino at the PCG National Headquarters Port Area, Manila.

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“The Israeli made weapons were delivered last week and will be utilized by PCG’s elite force in combating piracy and terrorism at sea,” PCG said.

The PCG added that it is set to acquire PHP1 billion worth of weaponry this year as provided in the General Appropriation Act of 2018.

“The acquisition will include 9 mm pistol for all of its personnel, assault and sniper rifles for the Special Operations Force, machine guns for small boat operations, and heavy machine guns with automatic gyro stabilizer for PCG vessels,” it added.

PCG said these weapons will beef up the PCG’s capability for maritime security and law enforcement operations.