US Coast Guard cutter trains with Philippine Coast Guard ships

United States Coast Guard (USCG) cutter USCGC Munro (WMSL 755) trained with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) ships off the coast of Subic Bay, Zambales on August 31.

The PCG deployed BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301), BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407), BRP Capones (MRRV-4404), PCG-manned Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) vessel BRP Lapu-Lapu (MMOV-5001), and Airbus helicopter CGH-1451 for the said engagement.

“The day’s events allowed crews to practice ship maneuvering, small-boat operations and communications, and included crew exchanges and a search-and-rescue exercise,” the USCG Pacific Area said.

USCG Pacific Area said USCGC Munro is on a months-long deployment to the Western Pacific from Alameda, California and are operating under the tactical control of US 7th Fleet engaging in professional exchanges and capacity-building exercises with partner nations.

“The success of the joint maritime exercise between the PCG and USCG will not only strengthen international partnerships for immediate response to calamities and disasters but will also ensure that our personnel could effectively perform their mandated functions in countering terrorism and other acts of lawlessness in our country’s waters,” PCG commandant Admiral George V. Ursabia Jr. said.