The U.S. and Philippine navies completed a coordinated patrol in the Sulu Sea at the invitation…

via John Currin (JC ‘s Naval and Military) – Google+ Public Posts

The U.S. and Philippine navies completed a coordinated patrol in the Sulu Sea at the invitation of the Government of the Philippines, July 1.

During the operation, crews from the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the Del Pilar-class Frigate BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF 16) worked closely together to detect and deter threats to maritime security.

“These patrols enhance regional peace and stability,” said Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, commander, Task Force 73. “Our at-sea operations with the Philippine navy demonstrate our commitment to the alliance and deter piracy and illegal activities.”

As part of the operation, a group of Philippine navy sailors embarked aboard Coronado to coordinate communications and movements between the two ships. The Philippine sailors also exchanged best practices with their U.S. counterparts in visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) techniques and information sharing.

The patrol strengthened maritime security cooperation between the U.S. and Philippine navies and enhanced both navies’ ability to respond to piracy and transnational criminal activity at sea, demonstrating U.S. commitment to the security of the Philippines and enduring U.S. interest in promoting stability and prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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