Tag Archives: Coast Guard

The Militarization of China’s Coast Guard

With new “China Coast Guard” ships entering service at regular intervals, it is easy to forget that the China Coast Guard as an organization does not yet exist in any complete sense. Legislation passed in March 2013 to integrate the ranks (duiwu) of four maritime law enforcement agencies into a new China Coast Guard within […]

Taiwan conducted live fire exercise at Itu Aba

Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that: 1.Reference: Coast Guard District National Capital Region–Central Luzon Radio Message Cite CGDNCR-CL3-0414-026. 2.For the projected escort mission to the Regatta 2014 form 22-26 April 2014 at SBMA, Olongapo City. The Philippine Coast Guard Vessel BRP Nueva Vizcaya (SARV-3502) will conduct Gun Test Firing […]

Manila Welcomes U.S. Muscle to Counter Beijing

After an absence of more than 20 years, American forces will return to the Philippines under a 10-year agreement reached between the two countries on Monday in conjunction with U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Manila. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation agreement seeks to broaden U.S. access to bases on a rotational, temporary basis, and […]

Call them Chinese

As expected, President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III renewed his administration’s vow to modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). At the same time, President Aquino reiterated his push for more improvements in the benefits being received by each and every man and woman in uniform. The twin promises were made during the latest change […]

US does not recognize China air defense zone

MANILA, Philippines – Washington does not recognize China’s air defense identification zone over the East China Sea, visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday. “The United States does not recognize that zone and does not accept it,” Kerry said during a news conference yesterday with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario. “The zone […]

US boosts support for Philippines security forces

MANILA — The United States will provide the Philippines’ security forces with $40 million in new assistance in part to help the country protect its territorial waters amid rising tensions with China over disputes in the South China Sea, US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday while urging all the nations involved to “lower […]

Coast Guard to get 10 more vessels with Japan loan

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will soon have 10 more vessels in its fleet in order to fulfill its mandate to protect the country’s territorial waters in the wake of a maritime row with China, President Aquino said yesterday. Aquino made the disclosure when he arrived yesterday morning from a visit to […]

World Philippines acquiring French vessel for South China Sea

Philippines said today it is purchasing a surplus French Navy vessel to boost its forces in the South China Sea where it has an ongoing territorial dispute with China. The 26-year-old “La Tapageuse” vessel is likely to be the first of several French ships that will be acquired by the Philippine coastguard as it contends […]