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Maritime Training Activity - Malaysia - Philippines (MTA MALPHI LAUT)

- is an annual bilateral training activity between the Philippine Navy (PN) and Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), involving ships, aircraft, and special operations units.  A Defense Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and Malaysia in 1994 enabled this exercise.  PN and the RMN  alternately host the conduct of the activity, and serves to strengthen the relationship and enhance mutual cooperation between the two navies through the development of combined operational doctrines, practices and naval tactics.

The activity usually is broken down into phases, such as administrative-protocol-desk related interactions phase, which includes courtesy calls, protocols, planning, etc; sea phases involving actual ship maneuvers and tactics; and social phases which includes sports competition, tours, civic actions and socio-cultural interactions.

RP-Malaysia joint naval exercise underway | The Philippine Star - 11 April 2007
The Philippines and Malaysia began yesterday their joint annual naval exercises in waters considered a key conduit for al-Qaeda-linked militants, human traffickers and arms smugglers, officials said.

The 10-day exercises, involving six navy ships and about 300 personnel, would allow the navies of the two Southeast Asian countries to communicate faster and jointly catch pirates, suspected terrorists and other outlaws, Philippine Navy Capt. Orwen Cortez said at a press briefing.

The joint naval exercise is dubbed MALPHI-LAUT 10-07. MALPHI is short for Malaysia and Philippines, while laut is a Malay word for sea.

The war games will involve three Malaysian missile corvettes KD Kedah, KD Laksamana Tan Pusmah, and KD Yu. The Philippine Navy BRP Quezon, BRP Artemio Ricarte and BRP Bienvenido Salting are also taking part in the exercise.

Photo taken from

Agreement Signed between RMN, Philippine Navy for improved maritime training procedures (as translated)
LANGKAWI, March 22 (Bernama) - The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) today signed an agreement with the Philippine Navy to improve the third edition of Sea-Sea Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) used in Malphi Laut Maritime Training (MTA) and Maritime Patrol Training Activities.

According to a statement issued by the navy, the RMN said among the improved things were the reforms in maritime training initiatives such as simulation of war and special operations.

"Sea Marine SOP began to be introduced on 23 May 1997 which included referrals to be covered, including planning and things to do during the training as agreed between the two parties including administrative assistance and MTA packages.

"With the rapid development of activities between the two parties, we take the approach to review the contents of the SOP, including the format of activities that have not been available in the old SOP," he said.

The signing ceremony was officiated by Commander of the Navy, Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin and his Filipina counterpart, Ronald Joseph Mercado.

Commenting further, the change has changed the pattern of training carried out with some improvements seen to be of benefit to both parties.

Revenge of the Carl Gustav!  US Army has re-committed itself to the breech-loading man-portable anti-armor weapon. 

US Army Approves Plan for Improved 84mm Recoilless Rifle

September 6, 2017

The U.S. Army has approved a requirement for 1,111 M3E1 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon Systems.

The M3E1 is the latest version of the 84mm Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle that special operations forces have been using since the early 1990s. It’s lighter, shorter and more ergonomically designed.


Army light infantry units began using the M3 in Afghanistan in 2011 when the AT4 proved ineffective. The breech-loading weapon, made by Saab North America, can reach out and hit enemy targets up to 1,000 meters away. The M3 offers the units various types of ammunition, ranging from armor penetration and anti-personnel, to ammunition for built-up areas, as well as special features like smoke and illumination.

“The current system that the Army uses is the AT4, which only allows soldiers to fire one shot, and then they have to throw the system away. With the M3E1, soldiers can use different types of ammunition which gives them an increased capability on the battlefield,” said Randy Everett, Foreign Comparative Testing, or FCT, project manager.


The M3E1 launcher weighs approximately 22 pounds, with each round of ammunition weighing just under 10 pounds. By comparison, the AT4 weighs about 15 pounds and the Javelin’s launcher with missile and reusable command launch unit weigh roughly 50 pounds.

Despite its effectiveness, soldiers asked if the M3 could be lighter and less bulky. By using titanium, the updated M3E1 is more than six pounds lighter. The M3E1 is also 2.5 inches shorter and has an improved carrying handle, extra shoulder padding and an improved sighting system that can be adjusted for better comfort without sacrificing performance.

WHEC disposal schedule from OFFICE OF SHIP DISPOSAL PROGRAMS (Dec 2016 Report). {pg14 of pdf}

From the US Homeland Security “FY2018 Budget in Brief”, which the US Coast Guard is part of; Page 56 of the PDF has this :
FY 2018 Major Decreases:
• Decommissioning of Legacy Assets............................................ ($14.1M) (129 FTE)
Decommissions one 378-foot high endurance cutter, three 110-foot patrol boats, and
one HC-130H aircraft in line with the Coast Guard decommissioning plan; and
Thanks to Cmdr Chuck Hill's blog for this lead.

Executive Order No.18 makes changes on the DND/AFP bidding process...  Let's hope that these does improve the pace of modernization.

Manila Bulletin:Duterte revises defense purchases
Defense contracts must now pass through regular government procurement laws, instead of just a special bids and awards committee.

In a new presidential directive, President Duterte revoked an Arroyo-era Executive Order that established a single committee conducting public biddings for defense transactions due to the “unnecessary delays” in the procurement.
The old EO, issued by then President Gloria Arroyo, limited the authority of the Secretary of National Defense to delegate approvals of procurement contracts and established a single Bids and Awards Committee to undertake public biddings for the military.

Under the new EO, Duterte has directed the Secretary of Defense “to identify and institutionalize measures that will effectively monitor the operations of separate Bids and Awards Committees.” Such committees may be created to promote transparency, impartiality and accountability in procurement transactions, the President said.

All defense procurement contracts, including those presently being processed and/or reviewed, shall also now be reviewed and processed in accordance with Republic Act No. 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act of 2003.

I haven't found a similar thread that is related to general procurement, so I opening a new one.

Du30 to Congress: Revise Procurement Law to focus on quality not price : ‘Gov’t procurement must focus on quality, not cost’
MANILA, Philippines -  President Duterte will push for amendments to the procurement law to put more emphasis on quality of goods rather than on the lowest bidder in government procurement projects.

“This stupid rule on lowest bid, I want it scrapped. I have to talk to Congress,” Duterte said during a meeting of the League of Municipalities in Manila yesterday.

“You know that lowest bid? It is the source of corruption. Believe me,” he added.

A side note on his given speech was related to defense procurement --
  • Quote
    Duterte said he allowed the military to buy equipment only from two countries.

    “They (military) only have two sources. There are only two countries where I allow the Armed Forces to buy. It would be risky if I allow them to buy from other sources. They might place something there and listen to us,” the President said.

So which two countries are currently being referred to as source?  Surely, this is again a conjecture as plans of procurement is as wide as it was.  We have had and still has incoming defense equipment from the US, South Korea, Japan, Italy, UK, Spain, Indonesia, France, Portugal, etc. 

Du30 might be short on his memory, and may only be thinking about Israel and Japan, South Korea or the US (personally the second one in that order).  Only those whom he had recently talked or dealt with.

Clearly -- the last sentence referred to possible listening and sleeper devices/chips that can be embedded on equipment manufactured by our bullying red neighbor.

General Discussion / Philippine Army to recruit 13k soldiers for 2017
« on: March 02, 2017, 03:27:51 PM » : Army to recruit 13k soldiers for 2017

The Philippine Army will recruit a total of 13,910 new troops for 2017 to fill–up various Army units throughout the country.

The distribution of said recruitment is as follows:
  • 349 officers (2nd Lieutenant);
  • 8,892 soldiers for the special quota as approved by the President; 
  • 1,069 soldiers for the newly organized 54th Engineer Brigade; and the
  • 3,600 soldiers representing the annual quota replacement in the Army.

Most number of new recruits will fill-up the Army infantry, cavalry, and artillery units. There are also recruits who will fill-up the engineer, communication, logistics, and other administrative functions of the Army.

Out of the total number of recruits, 10 percent is allocated for female recruits while five percent from the indigenous peoples.

Once recruited and becomes a trainee, the candidate soldier will receive a gross income of P16,852.00. If enlisted, the new Private will receive a starting gross income of P23,204.00 plus a number of allowances and benefits.


from CRS,AFP FB page :

China / 569 Yulin(玉林) Type 054A Frigate (FFG)
« on: January 15, 2017, 04:05:15 PM »
569 Yulin (玉林)Type 054A Frigate berthed at Singapore Changi Naval Base on the occasion of IMDEX-2015 (May 2015).  She was commissioned in Feb 2010.

Weapon systems at the bow section : two 6-tube ASW rockets, one PJ-26(AK-176) 76-mm DP gun, 32-cell VLS for HQ-16 SAM

General Discussion / Ombudsman suspends 25 Coast Guard officers
« on: December 06, 2016, 02:26:09 PM »
If this is implemented, the whole PCG leadership will be gutted out.  :o

PHILSTAR: 25 Coast Guard officers suspended

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday ordered the preventive suspension of 25 high-ranking officers of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) for irregularities in cash advances totaling P67.5 million.

The respondents are facing charges for grave misconduct, serious dishonest and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

The following PCG officers will be suspended for six months:

    Vice-Admiral Rodolfo Isorena
    Rear Admiral William Melad
    Rear Admiral Cecil Chen
    Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista, Jr.
    Commodore Aaron Reconquista
    Commander John Esplana
    Commander William Arquero
    Commander Jude Thaddeus Besinga
    Commander Roben De Guzman
    Commander Angel Lobaton IV,
    Commander Ferdinand Panganiban
    Commander Joselito Quintas
    Commander Ivan Roldan
    Commander Rommel Supangan
    Commander George Ursabia, Jr.
    Commander Ferdinand Velasco
    Commander Wilfred Burgos
    Commander Allen Dalangin
    Captain Joeven Fabul
    Captain Angelito Gil
    Captain Ramon Lopez
    Captain Christopher Villacorte
    Lt. Junior Grade Mark Franklin Lim II
    Lt. Mark Larsen Mariano
    Accounting Head Rogelio Caguioa

The 25 officers allegedly used cash advances amounting to P67,533,289 to purchase office supplies and information technology equipment without complying with procurement regulations.


VADM Isorena has already retired last year.
RADM Melad is now the current PCG Commandant.

Other links :

Ombudsman orders suspension of Coast Guard chief, 24 officers
Morales directed Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to enforce the suspension order to prevent the officials from using their positions to influence an ongoing probe.

“The respondents’ respective positions allow them to wield influence on possible witnesses and to access public records, [and] their continued stay in office may not only prejudice the cases against them but also allow them to commit further acts of malfeasance,” Morales said.

HindustanTimes :2 sailors dead, 14 injured after warship INS Betwa slips on Mumbai docks

Two sailors were killed and 14 others were being treated for minor injuries after an Indian Navy warship tipped over at the Naval dockyard in Mumbai on Monday, defence officials said.

INS Betwa, a Brahmaputra-class guided missile warship (F-39), slipped on the dock blocks during a refit at about 1.50 pm. Officials said the extent of damage was being assessed by the navy officials.

... the 3850-tonne ship, measuring 126 metres in length, tipped over while it was being undocked, and the mast of the ship hit the dockyard ground.

Photos says it all...

Photo from : The Indian Express

Photo Credit: The Hindu

Photo Credit:

Press Release from PN Navy Website :  Navy Conducts Amphibious Exercises

The Philippine Navy (PN), through the Naval Reserve Command and Fleet-Marine Ready Force, simultaneously held the Exercise Pagsasama 2016 and Exercise “Pagsisikap 2016” from Nov. 14-18 at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim, Ternate, Cavite and in the vicinity of Manila Bay involving more or less 350 PN personnel.

Exercise “Pagsasama” is a maritime exercise that aims to enhance the interoperability of the Philippine Navy reservists and regular force in National Capital Region, Northern Luzon and Southern Luzon during emergency situations,; while
Exercise Pagsisikap is a Fleet-Marine amphibious exercise involving Sailors, Marines and Reservists from different PN Units.

The purpose of the amphibious exercise are :
  • to develop an amphibious-capable force for range of operations,
  • to develop capability to support and sustain the amphibious force ashore; and
  • to develop capability for mobility and counter-mobility operations in support of amphibious operations.
Enhancing capability through this exercise will enable the Fleet and Marine forces to assert more efficiency in the conduct of its mandated task. It also hopes to test and assess the tactical level communications between the PN assets, as well as to strengthen mutual relationship and interoperability of the participants.

More Photos at PN Navy FB Site :

First posts / What is a Fanboi?
« on: November 14, 2016, 06:49:47 AM »
- an excessive, ardently devoted, irrational following of a certain technology, popular culture or material item.
- it can be derogatory or a complement -- depending on context.

In this Forum, you will encounter this term or concept once in a while, especially when discussions goes down into a level or irrationality.

Are we fanbois to a certain degree?

You thoughts please -- it matters...

First posts / Tyros - your opinions on DND and AFP's role
« on: November 14, 2016, 06:32:29 AM »
What are your opinions regarding the role of DND in general, and AFP in particular -- regarding it's missions?


Headquarters, Philippine Army


1st INF

2nd INF
'Jungle Fighter'

3rd INF

4th INF

5th INF

6th INF

7th INF

8th INF
'Storm Trooper'

9th INF

10th INF




Headquarters, Philippine Navy


Philippine Fleet

Philippine Marine Corps













Reference : PN Organization page

Keep them working / Keeping the PN Britten-Norman Islanders in the Air
« on: October 27, 2016, 05:00:16 PM »
Invitation to Bid (ITB)

Ref Number :  4134964
Supply and Delivery of Spare Parts for the SMI of PNI320, PNI310, PNI312, PNI311, PNI304 & PNI314

Approved Budget for the Contract:    PHP 10,502,000.00
Delivery Period:    120 Day/s
Client Agency: Philippine Navy
Closing Date / Time : 11-Nov-2016 9:00 AM


Ref Number :  4134927
Supply and Delivery of Spare Parts for the Ready Available Spares (RAS) of PNI304, PNI312, PNI320, PNI314 & PNI311

Approved Budget for the Contract:    PHP 9,384,000.00
Delivery Period:    120 Day/s
Client Agency: Philippine Navy
Closing Date / Time : 11-Nov-2016 9:00 AM

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