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General Discussion / Exercise: PAGKAKAISA (PN-PCG Joint Drills)
« on: November 21, 2019, 10:09:36 PM »
PH Navy, Coast Guard conduct 1st joint exercise
By Priam Nepomuceno  November 21, 2019, 9:56 amShare

EXERCISE "PAGKAKAISA". Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) troops pose for a photo opportunity at the opening ceremony of Exercise "PAGKAKAISA" 2019 in Cavite City on Wednesday (Nov. 20, 2019) Exercise "PAGKAKAISA" is the first-ever inter-agency exercise between the PN and the PCG that aims to enhance cooperation of both agencies to harmonize their capabilities for the effective protection, security, and promotion of safety in the Philippine Maritime Jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy of Philippine Fleet)

MANILA -- To harmonize operations in securing the country's vast waters, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) formally opened Exercise "PAGKAKAISA" 2019 at the Nonato Multi-Purpose Hall, Naval Base Cavite, Cavite City on Wednesday.

Lt. Sahirul Taib, Philippine Fleet public affairs office chief, said Exercise "PAGKAKAISA" is the first-ever inter-agency exercise between the PN and the PCG that aims to enhance cooperation of both agencies to harmonize their capabilities for the effective protection, security, and promotion of safety in the Philippine Maritime Jurisdiction.

This includes Cooperative Deployment particularly in the West Philippine Sea, Philippine Rise, Northern Luzon, Southern Mindanao; Maritime Law Enforcement Operations; Search and Rescue Operations; Shore-based and at-sea training, information exchanges, repair, and maintenance assistance and other related-maritime cooperation.

Present during the opening ceremonies was Philippine Fleet commander, Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo who, in his remarks, expressed the importance of collaborative effort in the conduct of Maritime Security Operations.

"I am glad about this collaborative exercise because this will educate our Navy of what our maritime partners are capable of doing. It will also strengthen the connection between the two organizations in facing the different challenges of the service," he added.

Taib said Exercise "PAGKAKAISA" 2019 will not only enhance the camaraderie with the Philippine Coast Guard but will also boost its capability and further capacitate its personnel in the conduct of maritime security and sovereignty patrols with Navy committed to protecting the seas and securing the nation's future. (PNA)

General Discussion / AFP Joint Exercise DAGIT PA 2018
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:42:59 PM »
Wescom hosts DAGIT PA 2018

Wescom Public Affairs Office chief, Capt. Cherryl Tindog, said in a statement that AJEX started on July 23 but will be continuing until August 3 in some areas in Luzon and in its area of operation on the eastern side of the province.

“It is highly significant that our forces and assets train together in the spirit of jointness to enhance our ability to respond to any contingency in the future. This AJEX DAGIT PA provided us with such important training and this will give us the opportunity to test our interoperability doctrine, jointness, and readiness as One AFP,” Commander of Western Command, Lt. Gen Rozzano Briguez said.

The exercise will also train the participants on contingency and crisis action planning and command and control of joint forces.

General Discussion / "Sanay Sibat" : PAF's Red Flag Exercise
« on: March 09, 2018, 07:49:00 PM »

The 5th Fighter Wing participated in "Sanay Sibat" exercise – the first in the last 23 years – from February 26 to 28, 2018 at Clark Air Base, Pampanga with a series of simulated combat missions.

Sanay Sibat is a live air defense exercise that provides avenue for fighter pilots to test their skills and combat readiness in various missions.

Pilots from the 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Bulldogs" and the 105th Fighter Training Squadrons "Blackjacks" flew a total of 61 hours in 29 sorties utilizing the FA-50PH and S-211 aircraft for the three-day exercise, which culminated with a tactical demonstration flight for the Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force, Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard R Kintanar Jr AFP, aboard the FA-50PH Fighting Eagle.

Participants of the exercise are organized into two: red defensive forces and blue offensive forces with the 580th Aircraft Control and Warning Wing and Philippine Air Defense Control Center as controlling agencies.

For this year’s iteration, the 7th TFS Fighting Eagles acted as the blue force while the 105th FTS S-211 provided assets for the notional "red country."

A total of five scenarios were conducted for the three-day exercise involving Suppression of Enemy Air Defense, Tactical Air Intercept, and Combat Air Patrol missions.

At the end of the exercise, Lieutenant General Kintanar performed a tactical demonstration flight aboard the FA-50PH and broke the sound barrier at 40,000ft. Surface Attack and Air-to-Air Tactics were also flown to demonstrate the capabilities of the FA-50PH.

“The exercise was successful and an eye-opener...We were able to identify capability gaps that we can build on. We will continuing to conduct this exercise to enhance and strengthen our air defense competencies towards the future" said the Wing Commander, Colonel Fabian M Pedregosa PAF (GSC).

Sanay Sibat is akin to the Pacific Air Forces-sponsored Cope Thunder initiated in 1976 at Clark Air Base. The goal of Cope Thunder aimed at providing each pilots with vital missions (typically first eight to ten missions), increasing their chances of survival in combat environments. Cope Thunder was transferred to Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska after the Mount Pinatubo eruption and later re-named Red-Flag Alaska. With the withdrawal of the US Forces in Clark and the transfer of Cope Thunder, the PAF organized exercise Sanay Sibat. The exercise was last held in 1995 with the F-5 Freedom Fighters and the AS-211 aircraft.

Courtesy of Information and Historical Office of the 5th FW

First posts / GAF N-22 Nomad
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:01:00 PM »

First posts / Fokker F-27 Friendship
« on: December 09, 2017, 06:48:02 PM »

Photographed by: Paul Lastimoza /

Videos & Images / Fokker F-28-3000 Fellowship
« on: December 09, 2017, 06:40:21 PM »

General Discussion / Philippine Navy Anti-Submarine Warfare Capabilities
« on: October 22, 2017, 09:47:12 PM »

It was first days of November 1952, it was the height of the HUK Campaign wherein relentless reports were provided to authorities on the sightings of unknown submarines in the Polilio Island Area in Lamon Bay Quezon Province...

On 12 November, the ships of the 1st PATROL CRAFT ESCORT (PCE) Division under LTSG Dioscoro Papa PN aboard RPS PANGASINAN (PS-31) comprising RPS SAMAR (PS33) commanded by LTSG Domingo Villamater PN and RPS CEBU (PS28) under LTSG Alfredo Peralta PN positioned themselves at their designated patrol areas in Casiguran Bay (PS31), in San Miguel Bay (PS28) and in Lamon Bay (PS33)... On 13 November 1952 PS33 detected on its radar two converging vessels... In order to intercept, RPS SAMAR positioned herself in the middle but lost contact with the other craft- (a 100 foot Submarine) at the range of 2,000 yards, in a few minutes they were able to regain sonar contact and released depth charges though no explosions were heard, sonar contact was again made the following day 0530H wherein the intruder conducted evasive maneuvers and headed for deeper waters, depth charges were again released with the last one around 0610H which resulted to explosions...

SAMAR's ASW-TRR was looked into by the US Navy at Subic Bay and JUSMAG and was determined that the depth charge was dropped at beam aspect and could have damage the submarine... This episode in Philippine Naval History marked the first ASW operation conducted by the Philippine Navy with the end result for about 6 years no Submarine sightings were reported... Then Defense Secretary Ramon Magsaysay lauded the skippers of the three warships in preventing the resupply of ammunition to the HUK rebels... This milestone marked the essence of CONTROL OF THE SEA which is a valuable factor in any conflict, as most submarine surfacing or sighting reports of those days were in the Celebes Sea, Sulu Sea, Sibutu, Palawan, Lamon Bay, Dirige Bay and in the Ilocos area...
The ships utilized in the operation were transferred from the USN to PN in May 1948: RPS SAMAR was scrapped in 1960, while BRP Pangasinan and BRP Cebu are still in active service... All ships belong to the Miguel Malvar Corvette Class whose namesake is named after the famous Batangueno General of the Philippine Revolution... (Source: PN 1898-1998 by the late COMMODORE Dodds Giagonia and thanks to COMMANDER Mark Cendeno of the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Navy Historian)..

Posted by: LtCol. Francis Neri PAF

General Discussion / National Coast Watch Center
« on: March 07, 2017, 11:30:04 PM »
Administrator's note: See also

Coast Watch South

Mobile components of the Coast Watch system

Coast Watch Station - Northern Luzon


...the National Coast Watch Center is being inaugurated to serve as the national maritime single point of contact for maritime security coordination. The Philippine National Coast Watch Center (NCWC) is an inter-agency maritime surveillance and coordinated response facility established through Executive Order 57 signed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III last 06 September 2011. It is established as a coordinating and implementing mechanism in a whole-of-government approach to address current and future maritime safety, security, and environmental protection challenges in the Philippines.

Mission of the Center. The mission of the NCWC is to coordinate and implement the whole of government efforts to protect the Philippine national interests against security threats, enforce national sovereignty and sovereign rights, and fulfill international responsibilities and obligations throughout the maritime jurisdiction of the country.

Purpose of the Center. The main purpose for the establishment of the NCWC is to promote maritime safety, enforce maritime laws, protect the marine environment and contribute to economic development.

Functions of the Center. Pursuant to EO 57 and EO 82, the Center shall have the following functions:

  • Gather, consolidate, synthesize, and disseminate information relevant to maritime security;
  • Develop and maintain effective communications and information systems to enhance inter-agency coordination in maritime security operations;
  • Coordinate the conduct of maritime surveillance or response operations upon the request of a member agency or when an exigency arises;
  • Plan, coordinate, monitor, evaluate, document, and report on the conduct of maritime security operations;
  • When so authorized by the Council, coordinate cross-border and multinational maritime security operation;
  • Coordinate support for the prosecution of apprehended violators;
  • Conduct periodic assessments on maritime security;
  • Conduct regular activities to engage all maritime stakeholders in various fora, seminars, workshops, and other activities;
  • Coordinate and facilitate training activities and exercises of members and support agencies of the Council to enhance coordination and interoperability in the NCWS;

Pursuant to Executive Order 82 series of 2012, perform the role of Crisis Management Office of the Chairperson for human induced threats within and adjacent to the Philippine maritime borders.  As such, the Center shall assist the Chairperson to implement the 5Ps of crisis management, including among others;

Predict. Conduct Horizon Scanning or scanning for emerging threats and conveying strategic warnings; and undertake Situation Awareness processes at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels;
Prevent. Prepare or update inter-agency contingency and crisis action plans;
Prepare. Systematically undertake “Prepare” activities (organize, train, equip, exercise and evaluate/improve) as well as undertake capability building and enhancement activities;
Perform. Systematically determine and declare an incident as approaching crisis level, and afterwards activate an Incident Command System (ICS) and identify an Incident Commander to implement the crisis action plan.
Post-Action and Assessment. Systematically provide Post Action and Assessment Reports to the Chairperson for submission to the National Crisis Management Committee and the EXECOM/National Crisis Management Committee.
Perform such other functions as may be directed by the Council.

Methods of the Center. The Center fulfils its mandate by sustained and effective inter-agency engagement in four mutually supporting functional areas: surveillance, maritime domain awareness; planning and coordination; and detection, response and recovery.

Desired End State. A peaceful and secured maritime environment through sustained and effective inter-agency engagement.

Fundamental Tasks

Maritime Surveillance. The NCWC coordinates the conduct of maritime surveillance operations to maximize the limited capabilities and assets of Philippine government agencies.

Maritime Domain Awareness. The Center develops and maintains awareness of activities in the maritime domain with the intent of identifying security threats, assessing their likelihood and estimating their potential consequences. It fuses information from multiple sources to develop an awareness of the maritime domain.

Planning and Coordination. In order to formulate pre-planned and agreed response plans, the Center convenes specific Inter-Agency Planning Clusters for specific threats and contingencies. For incidents requiring immediate response, the Center is capable of rapid response planning through established network of Liaison Officers.

Detection, Response and Recovery. The Center coordinates whole of government efforts to respond to security threats as they are detected in the maritime domain, and to recover from security incidents.

Partnerships. The Center is an initiative of the Philippine government and supported by international partners. The Philippine government has allocated Php 40 Million to support the establishment of the building. The US government through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) provided financing for the construction of the building facility. Likewise, the US government provided mission essential equipment for maritime surveillance and weapons of mass destruction detection to various agencies. The Philippines is also in discussion with other countries for capacity-building programs.

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