The United States Navy and Philippine Navy on Saturday, July 1 completed a coordinated patrol mission in Sulu Sea. Assets used in the said mission were US Navy Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) and Philippine Navy Del Pilar-class frigate BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF 16).
The US Embasssy in Manila said the two warships “worked closely together to detect and deter threats to maritime security.”
“These patrols enhance regional peace and stability,” said Rear Adm Don Gabrielson, Commander, Task Force 73. “Our at-sea operations with the Philippine Navy demonstrate our commitment to the alliance and deter piracy and illegal activities.”
“The patrol strengthened maritime security cooperation between the U.S. and Philippine navies and enhanced both navies’ ability to respond to piracy and transnational criminal activity at sea. It further demonstrates U.S. commitment to the security of the Philippines and enduring U.S. interest in promoting stability and prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” the US Embassy said.
During the said interoperability activity, a group of Philippine Navy sailors embarked on USS Coronado to coordinate communications and movements between the two ships. The Philippine sailors also exchanged best practices with their US counterparts in visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) techniques and information sharing.
USS Coronado joined the recently completed inaugural US-PH Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama.
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