Navy sees nothing wrong in docked Chinese Ship

The Philippine Navy stressed there is nothing irregular with the port call of Chinese vessel MP Yuan 113 at Sasa Port. Commodore Ramil Roberto Enriquez, commander of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao said the Yuan 13 has a corresponding permit from the Department of Foreign Affairs. He said the Chinese vessel had visited Davao City initially in 2010 and between 2010 and 2018, similar vessels had docked at the Sasa Port. “Nothing extraordinary with its presence here. The Chinese Embassy in Manila requested for its clearance,” Enriquez said. He said…

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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to give PH Navy more TC-90 planes

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) is inclined to give the Philippine Navy (PN) more Beechcraft King Air TC-90 patrol aircraft, Navy flag officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad has said. “During my last visit to Japan, the head of the JMSDF said he is inclined to give the PN more of the aircraft (TC-90) they earlier gave us,” Empedrad said in Filipino in an interview with the military-run DWDD radio on Wednesday. The JMSDF has earlier given the Navy five TC-90 patrol aircraft, three of which have been activated while…

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Spike-ER missiles to help secure PH maritime territories

Once installed and fully operational, the Israeli-made Spike-ER surface-to-surface missiles will be useful in protecting the country’s vast maritime territories and sealanes of communications. This was disclosed by Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad in an interview Sunday. The weapons, are now undergoing integration on three of the Navy’s multi-purpose attack crafts (MPACs), will greatly deter shipborne intruders trying to violate the country’s waters. “The (Spike-ER) missiles are very accurate and I’m sure (that once it is up and running) it can threaten intruders aside from securing the…

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