Naval Forces West of the Philippine Navy participated in the scenario-driven activity of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) 2017 in waters east of Puerto Princesa City last August 30.
Naval Forces West deployed Jose Andrada-class patrol craft BRP Teotimo Figoracion (PC-389), a fixed-wing aircraft (NV312), and a special operations unit (NAVSOU-4).
The participation of Philippine Navy aimed at enhancing its “capability in its fight against global terrorism, transnational crimes, and other maritime threats in the region,” Naval Forces West said.
“Focusing on real-time information exchange, coordinated surveillance operations, tracking, and conduct of Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) to the Contact of Interest (COI), the exercise aims to enhance the participating navies’ capabilities against maritime threats and regional real-time information exchange,” Naval Forces West said.
A US Navy vessel played the role of Contact of Interest.
SEACAT is a multilateral exercise being participated by Unites States and ASEAN countries.
This year’s SEACAT was joined by Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard, together with navies and coastguards of seven Southeast Asian countries from August 21 to September 1.
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