The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) conducted a joint maritime exercise off the waters of Subic Bay in the West Philippines Sea on Tuesday.
The USCG Cutter Munro (WMSL 755), equipped with Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Scan Eagle also known as Drone, was joined by the Philippines’ BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301), BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407), BRP Capones (MRRV-4404), BRP Lapu-Lapu (MMOV-5001), and an Airbus helicopter.
In a statement, the PCG said the joint maritime exercise is anchored in the Philippine – United States cooperation to promote security and enhance law enforcement interoperability in the country’s maritime jurisdiction.
It came after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reconsidered his order earlier to abrogate the Ph-US Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) when the US Government denied the Visa application of a Philippine Senator who is a close political ally.
In January Last year, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the China Coast Guard (CCG) also conducted joint maritime drills on search and rescue (SAR) and combating fire at sea in the vicinity waters off Manila Bay. (VVV)