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Marine Amphibious Ready Unit gears up for action in Command and Control Exercises

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan City – After being activated in February 2021, the Marine Amphibious Ready Unit (MARU) of the Philippine Marine Corps is now at its peak as it conducts Fleet-Marine Command and Control (C2) interoperability exercises and other Shipboard Evolutions in Palawan.

The objective of the C2 exercises is to enhance naval integration in planning and other essential shipboard drills to increase the level of cooperation and mutual trust between fleet-marine commanders. Commanders are coequal in planning and executing various types of missions.
A rapid, amphibious, hard-hitting, and joint-ready unit, MARU is a coastal maneuver force complementing the Archipelagic Coastal Defense force-mix with amphibious operations as its core competency.

Designed to be strategically flexible and modular, MARU can be emplaced in strategic areas nationwide to quickly respond to any threat or disaster.

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Two Arrested, Ammo and IED Components Intercepted

HSAF, Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City– Joint Police-Military effort resulted in the arrest of two (2) vendors for possession of live ammunition and selling of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) components intercepted Sunday, May 2 in Jolo, Sulu.

The joint elements of 7th Special Action Battalion, SAF EOD, and Light Armor Unit of the Force Support Battalion provided tactical support to joint elements of Jolo MPS, RMU BAR, CIDG9 RIU9, PECU Sulu regarding alleged illegal trade of IED components in a certain warehouse at Wet Market in Jolo, Sulu that resulted in the arrest of Mr. Akkang Suhaili Omaron, 49, from Barangay Tulay in Jolon and Mr. Mardan Dammang Jamasali, 51, resident of Barangay Latih in Patikul, Sulu and the confiscation of various IED components.

Confiscated were five (5) pcs of caliber 45 ammunition, one (1) pc 60mm mortar shell without fuse, 201 pcs blasting caps, one (1) 250ml Pepsi container with 8-inch safety fuse filled with 1-inch nails, 70 pcs 8.5-inch time fuse, one (1) pc 8-inch time fuse, 56 pcs 5-inch time fuse, 10 pcs 20-foot safety fuse, 28-inch yellow and red wire with switch, 16-inch yellow and red wire, 0.85kg of suspected ammonium nitrate, 2.36kg of 1½ common nails, 1.65kg of 1½ concrete nails, six (6) pcs of 19-inch aluminum pipe, one (1) pc 12-inch aluminum pipe, Gasoline in a 295ml Royal container, 35 boxes of Emi matches, one (1) bottle containing marble fragments and pieces of documentary evidence in their possession.

The arrested personalities and non-explosive pieces of physical evidence are currently under the custody of Jolo MPS while explosive pieces of evidence are under the custody of PECU, Sulu for proper documentation and disposition.


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The PN laying the foundations for Submarine capability..​


Throughout the years the PN has sent personnel to many foreign navies to facilitate their familiarization and eventual training with operating Submarines.

One of which was the US, where the PN sent officers to the US to participate with the USN's "Shiprider programs", where PN officers rode into US subs and went underway, one of these was the USS Cheyenne..

They've also sent personnel to Pakistan and EU countries like the UK and Germany, and had roundtable discussions with representatives of the French navy, among other things..

Technical discussions were also made on proposals on saturation diving systems and submarine escape and rescue programs in the Naval Sea Systems Command.

And lastly they have participated in various Submarine rescue exercises..

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“Know your Offshore Combat Force”

The lead ship of the Jacinto-Class Patrol Vessels, BRP EMILIO JACINTO (PS35).

BRP EMILIO JACINTO (PS-35) was formerly known as HMS PEACOCK (P239) of the British Royal Navy. She was designed and built in the United Kingdom by Hall Russell LTD., Aberdeen, Scotland on January 1982 as part of the Royal Navy’s Hong Kong Squadron based in HMS Tamar.

She was one of the three Peacock-Class Patrol Vessels (PCPV) of the British Royal Navy acquired by the Philippine Government from The Royal Navy when they finally sailed out of Hong Kong on 30 June 1997. She was decommissioned by the Royal Navy on 01 August 1997 and subsequently commissioned in the Philippine Navy with the other two (2) vessels at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila on 04 August 1997.


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She is named after one of the Philippine revolutionary heroes, the Brains of the Katipunan, Emilio Jacinto, who wrote the Kartilya, the primer of the revolution.


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BRP EMILIO JACINTO (PS35) is of steel and aluminum construction, 62.6 meters long, 10 meters wide, and has a gross tonnage of 713.6 tons. Her main armament is a single 76 MM OTO MELARA Gun turret with its upgraded Fire Control System under the JCPV Phase 3.


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The gun is capable of firing up to 85 rounds per minute with a maximum range of approximately 8 NM. PS35 successfully completed her JCPV Combat Systems Upgrade last 14 June 2019.

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Since 1997, she has seen action in several maritime borders of the country. Her missions include the conduct of sovereign and maritime patrol in the Scarborough Shoal, Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea, and the Malampaya Natural Gas Power Plant in Palawan.

PS35 continues to carry out its prominent role in preserving the integrity of our territorial waters and protecting the interest and sovereignty of the Republic of the Philippines – true to its motto “Non Sibi Sed Patria”.

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“Know your Offshore Combat Force”

Next in line, the second ship of the Jacinto-Class Patrol Vessels, BRP Apolinario Mabini - PS36


BRP APOLINARIO MABINI (PS36) is primarily designed for patrol duties and for providing constant naval presence on territorial waters, she can likewise perform roles on Search and Rescue, Naval Gunfire Support and Shipboard Training.

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“Know your Offshore Combat Force”

The last of the Jacinto-Class Patrol Vessels, BRP ARTEMIO RICARTE (PS37).

BRP ARTEMIO RICARTE (PS37) is one of the three (3) Peacock Class Patrol Vessels (PCPV) that served with the Royal Navy Hongkong Squadron before she was purchased by the Republic of the Philippines from the government of Great Britain in May 1997. The PCPV is classified as a Large Patrol Craft designed for patrol duties in Hongkong waters. She was built in the United Kingdom by Hall Rusell Limited, Aberdeen, Scotland and launched on 07 April 1983.

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Commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Starling on 21 June 1984, she was later commissioned in into the service of the Philippine Navy as BRP ARTEMIO RICARTE (PS37) on 04 August 1997.


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BRP ARTEMIO RICARTE (PS37) has participated in international naval exercises which include “MALPHI LAUT 2007", a 10-day naval exercise with the Malaysian Navy, and in the sea phase of the Republic of the Philippines-United States Balikatan on 2008 and 2009.

Shown in this photo is the U.S. Navy and Philippine Navy ships underway during exercise Balikatan 2009. From left to right: the Philippine Navy logistics support vessel BRP Dagupan City (LC551), the Philippine Navy destroyer escort BRP Rajah Humabon (PF11), the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46), Philippine Navy patrol vessel BRP Artemio Ricarte (PS 37), and the Philippine Navy patrol boat BRP Leopoldo Regis (PG-847).


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BRP ARTEMIO RICARTE (PS37) completed her Dry Docking and Other Related Repairs (DDORR) last 09 February 2021. She is currently undergoing Jacinto-Class Patrol Vessel (JCPV) Upgrade Program Phase 2 – Marine Engineering Upgrade (MEU). After her MEU, she shall undertake JCPV Upgrade Program Phase 3A – Weapons Upgrade.


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Upon completion of her repairs and upgrades targeted before the end of 2021, she shall continue her mission to protect the country’s territorial waters and preservation of the Philippines’ sovereign territory, asserting our exclusive right to the exploitation of maritime resources within the country’s 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone.


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Named after General Artemio Ricarte, one of the country’s revolutionary heroes who fought in all phases of the Philippine Revolution and who later became the first Commanding General of the Philippine Army, BRP ARTEMIO RICARTE shall continue to pursue her mission in preserving the Philippines’ sovereignty, like how her namesake spent his lifetime fighting for the Philippines’ independence.


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"Know your offshore combat force"

The first corvette of the Philippine Navy, BRP CONDRADO YAP (PS39).

BRP CONRADO YAP (PS39) was the Pohang Class Patrol Combat Corvette ex-ROKS CHUNGJU (PCC762) that was decommissioned by the Republic of Korea-Ministry of National Defense (ROK-MND) on 27 December 2016 after 29 years in the service. The ship is a PCC Flight III variant designed for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) that can undertake sustained maritime security operations and other naval warfare operations such as Surface Warfare (SuW) and Anti-Air Warfare (AAW).



BRP CONRADO YAP (PS39) is a Pohang Class Patrol Combat Corvette that formerly served the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) as ROKS CHUNGJU (PCC-762). One of the multi-capable ships of the Philippine Navy, she can undertake sustained maritime security operations and various naval warfare operations such as Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, and Anti-Air Warfare.


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She was decommissioned by the Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense (ROK-MND) on December 27, 2016 after 29 years of service with the ROKN. She also served in a coastal defense role during the late Cold War and post-Cold War period.


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After her decommissioning from the ROKN in 2016, the ROK-MND offered the vessel as a grant to the Philippine Navy. Subsequently, the PN favorably endorsed the said acquisition to the Department of National Defense and on 05 March 2018, the Secretary of National Defense approved the Acquisition Defense Memorandum for the transfer of PCC-762.

Note: Above photo shows the painting of the bow number of PS39 while alongside her sister ships prior her commissioning to the PN at Jinhae Naval Base, South Korea.


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On April 4, 2019, the Philippine Navy sent-off the sailing crew of BRP CONRADO YAP (PS39) to Jinhae, South Korea wherein they underwent four (4) months of training under the supervision of the Reserve Ship Management Squadron (RSMS), and Naval Shipyard, ROKN.


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On August 5, 2019, BRP CONRADO YAP (PS39) was commissioned in the Philippine Navy and subsequently set her maiden voyage from Jinhae, South Korea to Manila, Philippines.


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Since her commissioning, she was deployed in various Naval Operating Forces, performing external defense, territorial defense, intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance. Picture above was taken during the conduct of the "Show the Flag" mission at Legaspi City, Albay on November 22-26, 2019.


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The vessel is named after Captain Conrado D. Yap, a Philippine Army Officer and the only Filipino Hero who was decorated by three countries with their most prestigious military medal that they could possibly award. He was awarded the Medal for Valor by the Philippine government, the Distinguished Service Cross by the United States of America, and the 1st Class Taegeuk Cordon of the Order of Military Merit by the South Korean government for his heroic acts during the Korean War.


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"The Ship’s Namesake"

CAPTAIN CONRADO DUMLAO YAP PA was an outstanding Philippine Army Officer who fought for Republic of Korea during the Korean War. Born on January 2, 1921, he hails from Candelaria, Zambales.


When the Pacific War broke out in 1941, Captain Yap graduated from the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1943 ahead of schedule and was commissioned as a 3rd Lieutenant of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. During the Japanese Occupation, he saw action with the guerilla forces operating in Zambales area as an Operations Chief. In 1948, he was promoted to Captain and took the Tank Warfare Course at the US Army Armor School in Fort Knox at Kentucky, USA.


When the Korean War broke out on June 1950, Captain Yap, a Tank Company Commander of the 10th Battalion Combat Team (10th BCT), was part of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) sent by the Philippine Government to support the United Nation Command Forces tasked of defending South Korea from communist aggression. When he left for Korea, he saw his wife together with their three (3) young daughters for the last time.


During the infamous Battle of Yultong on April 22-23, 1951, Captain Yap displayed an outstanding act of courage which greatly contributed to the 10th BCT’s successful defense of the strategic Yultong Hill. The 10th BCT, composed of 900 Filipino soldiers, fought bravely against an overwhelming force of 40,000 Chinese People’s Volunteer Army soldiers who barraged an array of artillery fire and charged towards the UN frontline. Although the UN Command ordered all units to retreat, the 10th BCT held their ground and defended the hill which paved the way for the successful withdrawal of the UN Forces behind the Busan Perimeter.


When a platoon of the 10th BCT was trapped, Captain Yap led his tank company to a successful counterattack and killed many of the attacking Chinese troops. They recovered the corpses including all survivors and wounded personnel. Trying to leave no one behind, he suffered a fatal gunshot wound from the burst of enemy machine gun fire. Immediately, his men fired back in retaliation to rescue him and rushed him to a nearby medical outpost to seek immediate medical attention. Despite the efforts to save his life, he eventually died thereafter due to loss of blood.


Captain Yap was posthumously awarded the Medal for Valor by the Philippine government, the Distinguished Service Cross by the government of the United States of America, and the 1st Class Taegeuk Cordon of the Order of Military Merit by the South Korean government for his outstanding contribution beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Yultong. He is the only Filipino Hero who was decorated by three countries with their highest military medal that they could possibly award. As a fitting recognition of his courageous feat and a symbol of enduring Philippine-South Korean relations, BRP CONRADO YAP (PS39) was named in his honor. Likewise, the rigid hull boat (RHB) carried by the ship is given the callsign “Isabelita” after his second daughter.




A portrait of Captain Conrado D. Yap in color.​
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Captain Yap in Korea.

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Captain Yap at Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA.

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Captain Yap in his Full Dress Uniform.

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The Philippine Navy anti-submarine corvette, BRP CONRADO YAP (PS39).

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The nameplate on the vessel's bridgewing.


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The Rigid Hull Boat (RHB) "Isabelita" sails away from her mothership.


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Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, died on Thursday morning, June 24th 2021.


One of his lasting legacies is fostering the modernization program of the AFP.


As per military tradition full military honors will be given, albeit tweaked in accordance to pandemic protocols, the AFP will begin on Friday at 8 a.m. the firing of cannons - eight cannons fired in succession, repeated every hour until 5 in the afternoon. On the same day at 10 a.m., all military units will assemble for the reading of the official notice on the death of ex-president Aquino.


On the day of the funeral or inurnment, Sat. June 26th, there will be a 21-gun salute from the time the remains will be moved until they reach the place of interment. Another firing of cannons in military camps will follow.


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The former president's wake.


The family opted for a simple service and a relatively fast burial, with the pandemic in mind and wanting to avoid a super spreader event.

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The PN laying the foundations for Submarine capability..​


Throughout the years the PN has sent personnel to many foreign navies to facilitate their familiarization and eventual training with operating Submarines.

One of which was the US, where the PN sent officers to the US to participate with the USN's "Shiprider programs", where PN officers rode into US subs and went underway, one of these was the USS Cheyenne..

They've also sent personnel to Pakistan and EU countries like the UK and Germany, and had roundtable discussions with representatives of the French navy, among other things..

Technical discussions were also made on proposals on saturation diving systems and submarine escape and rescue programs in the Naval Sea Systems Command.

And lastly they have participated in various Submarine rescue exercises..

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US, Philippines,Vietnam,Australia,and whose simulation submarine?
 
PAF's Sokol, doing the traditional funeral flower drop during the interment of the late president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III..

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The funeral procession of the late former president..


The officers walking beside the coach are all high-ranking generals, including the Chief of Staff of the AFP walking beside the bereaved family members.


They're wearing what's called the "White Duck" dress uniform, and you can tell what service they're in from the color of their head-caps, green for the army, white for the navy, while blue for the air force.


The Marines who has theirs in "reverse".


Also notice the black armband, its fairly obvious what that symbolizes.


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The vehicle pulling the coach is usually used as a parade vehicle where VIP, including the president conduct their parade inspection..


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Philippine Coast Guard Special Operations Force (PCG-SOF) conducting Visit, Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) during the Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) Exercise 2021
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