PHL Navy ship sails with Japan, US, India ships in South China Sea

Philippine Navy offshore patrol vessel BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) conducted a group sail with naval assets of Japan, India, and United States after the first phase of ASEAN-Plus Defense Ministers’ Meeting Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX) 2019 in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK). The vessels were en route to Singapore for the second phase of ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX 2019.

“The group sail showed the active participation of the Philippine Navy as it strengthens its relationships with allies and partners in the Asia Pacific region. This gives us another opportunity to learn from like-minded navies,” said Captain Roy Vincent Trinidad, the Philippine Navy’s head of delegation to ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX .

ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX, April 30 to May 13, kicked off in South Korea and will end in Singapore.

According to Singapore Ministry of Defense, the exercise involves 19 ships and 10 aircraft with about 700 personnel from the 18 ADMM-Plus countries. 

“Participants will conduct a series of professional exchanges ashore, as well as maritime security drills in the waters off ROK and Singapore,” Singapore MINDEF said.