Mga Pilipino at Amerikanong sundalo, sumabak sa matinding pagsasanay sa nagpapatuloy na joint naval exercises

UNTV News   •   July 5, 2012   •   12848

Magkasamang nagsasanay ang naval force ng United States at ng Pilipinas para sa Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training o CARAT 2012. (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

SOUTH COTABATO, Philippines — Binisita ng ilang miyembro ng media kahapon ang isinasagawang Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training o CARAT 2012 sa pagitan ng mga sundalong Amerkano at Pilipino.

Dinatnan ng mga mamamahayag ang damage control exercises sa isa sa mga US Navy Ship na dumating sa Pilipinas para sa CARAT 2012.

Ipinakita ang loob ng bagong naval ship na kasalukuyang naka daong sa Makar Wharf ng General Santos City.

Ang nasabing barko ay may mga modern technology at armaments na malaking advantage ng US naval forces na maaring magamit ng mga Pilipino.

“Ang Philippine Navy, mayroon tayong mga bagong ships na ina-acquire. Yung isa nga yung galing sa kanila, US Coast Guard vessel yun na kinumisyon nila. Mayroon pa tayong parating na isa, tapos may mga helicopter pa na parating din na i-aacquire natin na mga bago. Marami pang ibang mga equipment para sa modernization ng Philippine Navy,” ani  Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Commander Commodore Philip Cacayan.

Lulan ng barkong ito ang humigit kumulang  dalawang daang (200) crew na kasama sa fire control at fire fighting drill na parte rin ng CARAT Exercise.

May US helicopter din na ginagamit para sa nasabing drill.

Kasabay ng exercise na ito ay ang small-boat training, na ginagawa sa baybayin ng Seguil.

Dito’y tinuruan ng mga sundalong Amerkano ang kanilang mga Filipino-counterpart kung paano resolbahin ang hostage-taking crisis na maaring mangyari habang nasa laot.

Ayon pa kay Commodore Philip Cacayan, hindi lamang ang mga Philipine Marines ang matututo sa nasabing exercises.

Nakakakuha rin ng taktika mula sa mga sundalong Pilipino ang mga American representative na maaring nilang gamitin sa kanilang bansa.

“Sa subject matter expert exchanges merong tayong lecturer na Pilipino from our counterpart..meron din from US. Hindi lang sila ang nagle-lecture sa atin,” ani NFEM Commander Cacayan

Pagkatapos ng nasabing drill ay magkakaroon ng martial arts training kung saan tuturuan ng mga Pilipinong Marine ang kanilang US counterpart ng Philippine Martial Arts.

Ang pagpapalitan na ito ng karunungan at taktika ng mga Pilipino at Amerikanong naval forces sa pamamagitan ng CARAT ay walong taon nang ginagawa sa iba’t-ibang bahagi ng Pilipinas.

Pahayag ni Commodore Dave Welch ng US Navy, “They are very professional force and Mo. Cartney said it’s up to the Filipino government and Philippine Navy what kind of capabilities they wanna have…. I wouldn’t compare the two, they are two different navies, with different capabilities.” (Ito Ang Balita ni Lipsy Grace Carayo, UNTV News)

 

 

Military Black Hawk choppers deployed to aid missions in Western Mindanao

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2021

Two Black Hawk helicopters acquired by the Philippine military have been deployed to the Western Mindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.

In a statement, the AFP Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said its major Air Force Unit, Tactical Operations Wing-Western Mindanao (TOW-WM), has received the S70i Black Hawk Utility helicopters on November 4 at the Edwin Andrews Air Base.

These units will be used to aid in various missions, including support in combat operations and quick response for humanitarian aid, it added.

“We are very grateful that the top brass considered the deployment of these air assets which will greatly contribute to the accomplishment of our missions here in Western Mindanao,” said WestMinCom Commander, Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr.

Colonel Dennis Estrella, wing commander of the TOW-WM, said that the deployment of the Blackhawk helicopters will boost the capability of the armed forces in both lethal and non-lethal operations.

“Expect that with the deployment of the Black Hawk helicopters in our unit, our operations will greatly improve as these helicopters have larger capacity and more impressive horsepower allowing a faster and longer-range transport. In addition, the said helicopters have the ability to absorb high-impact velocities enabling it to withstand strong turbulent winds,” Estrella said.

Terror leader killed in Maguindanao clash – military

Robie de Guzman   •   October 29, 2021

A leader of terror group Daulah Islamiyah was killed in an encounter with state troops in Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.

In a statement, the AFP identified the terrorist as Salahuddin Hassan, who was believed to the “overall Amir” of Daulah Islamiyah.

Hassan was also said to be the one behind the series of bombings and terror attacks in Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat.

The military said Hassan was killed early Friday morning in a joint police and military operation in Barangay Damablac in the municipality of Talayan.

Also killed in the clash was Hassan’s wife, Jehana Minbida, who was said to be the finance officer of the terror group.

The operation was launched following report from residents on the presence of suspicious armed individuals in the area.

Hassan was allegedly trying to escape when he was killed by the troops. He was seriously wounded and was left by his group along with his wife, the AFP said.

“Our operating troops were able to recover the cadaver of Hassan and Minbida together with several firearms and war material which includes a 5.56mm R4 Rifle, bandoliers, ammunition, various war paraphernalia, and subversive documents,” the military said.

AFP chief of staff General Jose Faustino Jr. commended the units involved in the operation.

“This latest accomplishment is a significant blow against the DIHG (Daulah Islamiyah-Hassan Group) and another victory in our thrust against terrorism. With their leader now dead, the terrorist group will certainly crumble,” he said.

 

PH military receives medical supplies, equipment from US

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has received various medical supplies and equipment worth P2,075,000 donated by the government of United States.

In a statement, the AFP said the donated items were handed over on October 25 in a ceremony led by chief of staff General Jose Faustino Jr. at the General Headquarters canopy area.

The donations were handed over by Mr. David Gamble, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, of the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

Faustino was joined by Brigadier General Edgar Cardinoza, Commander of AFP Health Service Command (AFPHSC) and other senior military officers during the event.

“The AFP is grateful to the United States government for the donations which will surely enhance our capacity to afford our military personnel and their dependents the best health care services that we can provide,” Faustino said.

The U.S. government donated 30 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and 10 sets of Personal Protective Equipment.

The AFP said these are intended to support the COVID19 response operations of the AFPHSC and are in line with the U.S. Government’s initiative to provide assistance to the Philippines in combatting the pandemic.

“This is just another step in our long partnership as treaty allies that has been going for 70 years. The ICU beds represent 30 of the 600 that the U.S. will be donating at P1.3 billion worth of donations,” Gamble said.

“We will ensure that these equipment and supplies will be fully utilized to fulfill not only our COVID19 response efforts, but more importantly for other medical needs that our personnel require who incessantly render faithful and dedicated service to the Filipino people,” Faustino said.

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