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Philippines, U.S., Japan hold military drills near West PH Sea

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Japan joins the yearly exercise for the first time as regional allies build 'interoperability' in responding to security threats and natural disasters

TOPSHOTS  A Philippine naval personnel stands on guard during the arrival of missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) before the US-Philippine joint naval military exercise entitled 'Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training' (CARAT) near the disputed Spratly islands, in Puerto Princesa on the western Philippine island of Palawan on June 28, 2011. The Philippines and the US will launch naval exercises as the long-time allies seek to deepen defence ties amid tensions with China over a maritime dispute. The 11-day event will see two US missile destroyers patrol Philippine waters close to the resource-rich and strategically vital South China Sea that is at the heart of the regional territorial row. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

Marine commandant resigns amid rumored feud with Navy chief

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Major General Alvin Parreño relinquishes his post 5 months before retiring and after a rift with Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, who had disagreed with a proposal to separate the Marines from the Navy

"WE'RE OKAY." Outgoing Marine Commandant Major General Alvin Parreño (center, in black) and Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad (3rd from right) share a light moment after the change-of-command ceremony at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown in Taguig City on Monday, October 14, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Lorenzana wants Australia exempted from Duterte's foreign loan ban

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:02 PM

The defense department plans to enter a loan agreement with the Australian government to procure 6 offshore patrol vessels to be built in Cebu

LOAN FOR SHIPS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants Australia exempted from a loan ban to make way for a financing agreement for new Navy ships. Photo of Lorenzana at the Senate on September 30, 2019 by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: PH Navy debuts new amphibious vehicles, attack vessels

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:59 AM

The Navy's brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) and multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) boosts its capability to defend the Philippines' maritime domain

ASSAULT VEHICLES. The Philippine Navy showcases its brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) in a military exercise in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, on September 21, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

LIST: The Philippine Navy’s upcoming vessels

Sep 11, 2019 - 11:24 AM

New warships and attack vessels are lined up for one of Asia-Pacific's most under-equipped navies

1st ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise underway in Thailand

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The drills are aimed at strengthening alliances among the US and Southeast Asian navies for 'an unparalleled advantage that no competitor or rival can match,' says a US Navy officer

PHILIPPINE CONTINGENT. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz and a crew of around 200 sailors from the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Marines left Manila for Thailand on August 28, 2019, to join the first ever ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

LOOK: South Korean warships on friendly visit to Manila

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Philippines is set to acquire several new warships from South Korea

Philippines sends BRP Ramon Alcaraz off to ASEAN-U.S. naval drills

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The Philippine Navy will participate in the first ever maritime exercises between the United States and ASEAN member states, as the region pushes back against China's expansionism

NAVAL DRILLS. The Philippine Navy sends off the BRP Ramon Alcaraz and its crew to Thailand on August 29, 2019, for the first ASEAN-US Maritime Exercises. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

PH Navy to get submarines, might lease HQ

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Racing to keep up with other countries' naval capabilities, the Philippines plans to acquire new warships and submarines, but it might lease its naval headquarters to help fund the asset-buying spree

NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad speaks to reporters at Naval Station Jose Andrada in Manila on August 28, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Unfriendly, not hostile: Navy drafting protocols for warship intrusions

Aug 28, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The Philippine Navy is working on protocols for foreign vessels 'intruding' in territorial waters, following President Rodrigo Duterte's order to enforce sovereignty even through 'unfriendly' ways

FIRST FRIGATE. The BRP Jose Rizal as it was launched in a shipyard in South Korea in May 2019. Expected to join the Philippine Navy fleet in 2020, it will be the country's most powerful warship yet. Photo from the Philippine Navy

Navy personnel killed in Zambales bus-car collision

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The victim's Kia Pride Sedan swerves into the opposite lane and smashes into a speeding bus

FATAL CRASH. A personnel of the Philippine Navy died in this crash in San Antonio, Zambales. Photo courtesy of San Antonio, Zambales PNP

PH to buy 2 navy corvettes from South Korea, may receive 2 more

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the South Korean government plans to donate two of its navy’s old corvettes as the Philippines buys two brand new ones from Hyundai Heavy Industries

NAVY CORVETTE. The BRP Conrado Yap, a Pohang-class corvette donated by South Korea, is welcomed in Manila on August 20, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Lorenzana lauds Duterte’s warning to foreign vessels trespassing PH waters

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The defense chief says the license to get compliance from unauthorized vessels even through an ‘unfriendly manner’ gives security forces authority to enforce the law

DEFENSE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH welcomes 'most powerful' warship BRP Conrado Yap

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The corvette donated by South Korea significantly boosts the Philippines' anti-surface, anti-air, and anti-submarine warfare capabilities

MOST POWERFUL. Spectators raise their flags during the arrivalof BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) at Pier 13 on Tuesday. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Trillanes: Duterte admitted to 'plunder' in frigates deal in SONA

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'These acts made the contract grossly disadvantageous to our government and left the Philippine Navy with an expensive platform with limited capabilities,' says former senator Antonio Trillanes IV of President Duterte's admission of he and then aide Bong Go's invovlement in the deal

PLUNDER? Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says President Rodrigo Duterte admitted to plunder on the frigates deal.  File photo from Senate PRIB

Joint naval patrols can assert arbitral win in West Philippine Sea – Carpio

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Joining naval powers in peaceful patrols in the West Philippine Sea effectively enforces the Philippines' legal victory over China, says Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

JOINT PATROLS. A Philippine Navy contingent joined the Exercise Rim of the Pacific in Hawaii in June 2018. Photo from the Philippine Naval Public Affairs Office

PH Navy bars Rappler from anniversary celebration

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Rappler is told only at the venue in the Navy's base in Sangley Point, Cavite City that it could not cover the event graced by President Rodrigo Duterte

PH NAVY ANNIVERSARY. Rappler is barred from the Philippine Navy's 121st anniversary celebration, which President Rodrigo Duterte attended on June 16, 2019. Screenshot from RTVM

Navy rebuffs China: PH boat sinking 'not normal accident'

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad says the Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver 'was rammed' in the West Philippine Sea

NOT NORMAL. Philippine Navy chief Robert Empedrad says the sinking of a Philippine boat in the West Philippine Sea 'is not a normal maritime accident.' Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH Navy audit shows delays in hundreds of millions worth of projects

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:11 PM

COA calls out the ‘slow completion’ of the Navy’s disaster risk reduction project

Navy, Air Force, civilian volunteers join search for missing diver

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Wescom, in coordination with various stakeholders, will continue conducting the joint search and rescue operations despite inclement weather,' says the Western Command as authorities and civilian volunteers search for diver Bryan Nazareno

SEARCH FOR MISSING DIVER. This Philippine Navy vessel is part of the search and rescue operation in Tubbataha Reef. Photo from Wescom

[ANALYSIS] The need for a credible Navy

May 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

As long as it has an inferior coast guard and ill-equipped naval forces, the Philippines will not gain the respect of its neighbors and will always hesitate to challenge foreign intruders into its territorial waters

Philippine Navy's first ever missile-capable warship hits water

May 23, 2019 - 9:19 PM

The future BRP Jose Rizal is transferred to the water for the first time during a launching ceremony at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea

BRP JOSE RIZAL. The Philippine Navy's most capable warship BRP Jose Rizal is launched. All photos from the Philippine Navy

IN PHOTOS: PH, U.S., Japan, India flex muscles in South China Sea

May 09, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Their sail comes as China continues with its rapid military expansion in the South China Sea, which has reached even the part that belongs to the Philippines

SHOW OF FORCE. Six ships from four countries unite in sailing the South China Sea. Photos from the Philippine Navy

FALSE: 'BRP Duterte aircraft carrier' drives Chinese out of West PH Sea islands

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:22 AM

The Philippines has no aircraft carrier. The supposed 'BRP Duterte' is actually the US Navy's $13-billion USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.

Australian firm eyes Philippine Navy contract for patrol vessels

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Austal Philippines president and general manager Wayne Murray says that aside from providing modern vessels to the Philippine Navy, they can offer lifetime support as well

Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard personnel embarks to rubber boat to check the illegal pipe line and inspection as part of the rehabilitation program of Manila Bay in Manila on 19 February 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Russian vessels visit Philippines as 2019 begins

Jan 06, 2019 - 3:01 PM

(UPDATED) The visit will 'enhance and sustain the promotion of peace, stability, and maritime cooperation' between the Philippines and Russia, says the Philippine Navy

GOODWILL VISIT. Philippine Navy officials and members of media stand on the dock to welcome the 3 Russian Navy vessels upon their arrival at Pier 9, Manila on January 6, 2019. All photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Philippines, Vietnam navies play games on disputed South China Sea island

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Philippine and Vietnamese navies spend an afternoon of camaraderie at the Philippine-occupied Northeast Cay in the Spratlys

Camaraderie in South China Sea: Philippines, Vietnam navies play volleyball on disputed island. Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

LOOK: Fire hits Navy base in Cavite

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The fire started at around 5:30 am, and was declared 'contained' before 8 am, says Navy Spokesman Commander Jonathan Zata

EARLY MORNING FIRE. Fire hit Naval Base Cavite on November 9, 2018. Photo couresty of Naval Public Affairs Office

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Navy team returns triumphant from sea drills held in China

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The Philippine Navy team stands out in the communication drill despite bringing a logistics vessel, 'BRP Dagupan City,' whose technology was inferior to the frigates brought in by the other countries

Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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Oct 19, 2018 - 10:33 PM

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Duterte admits role in Navy-Bong Go frigates issue

Oct 19, 2018 - 2:08 PM

In an admission that somewhat completes the frigates puzzle, President Duterte says it was he who gave the South Korean supplier's complaint to Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the concluding ceremonies of the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E) at the Manila Hotel in the City of Manila on October 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippine Navy vessel makes historic visit to Russia

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Philippine Navy's BRP Tarlac makes a historic port call to Vladivostok as President Rodrigo Duterte leads a pivot to Russia and China

HISTORIC VISIT. BRP Tarlac is seen about to dock in Vladivostok, Russia, on October 1, 2018. Photo courtesy of Philippine Ambassador to Russia King Sorreta

Secret houses, mother as Navy supplier? Trillanes denies Duterte claims

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV warns President Rodrigo Duterte not to drag his ailing mother into their fight: 'Kung may problema siya sa akin, stick with me dahil kaya ko ito eh'

Sen. Trillanes’ reaction of the one-on-one interview of Atty. Salvador Panelo with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Navy warship successfully pulled from West PH Sea shoal

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:41 AM

BRP Gregorio del Pilar will be towed to Subic for repairs, says military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

PH military capable of retrieving grounded Navy ship

Sep 01, 2018 - 5:57 PM

'Surface and underwater assessments are being done to come up with the right plan of retrieval,' says AFP Spokesman Colonel Noel Detoyato

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

LOOK: Japanese Navy flotilla visits Philippines

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The goodwill visit of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's Escort Flotilla Four at Subic Bay will be until September 5

Photo from Naval Public Affairs Office, Philippine Navy

Lorenzana backtracks on Russian submarines

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells lawmakers the country might not be able to afford the maintenance of submarines

DEFENSE SECRETARY. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the House of Representatives for his agency's budget hearing on August 29, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PH Navy warship runs aground in Palawan

Aug 30, 2018 - 11:09 PM

One of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, runs aground in the vicinity of Hasa-Hasa Shoal

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

PH pivot to Russia advances with port visit, submarine talks

Aug 10, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The Philippine Navy may have its first submarine by 2023 – if the timeline of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana pushes through

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 24, 2017 prior to his return to the Philippines. President Duterte opted to skip his scheduled engagements and cut his official visit to the Russian Federation short as he decided to fly back to the Philippines after declaring a state of Martial Law in Mindanao due to the terror crisis in Marawi City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippine Navy successfully tests its first missile system

Aug 09, 2018 - 10:15 PM

The Spike-Extended Range missile 'fired and accurately hit the designated target at approximately 6 kilometers away from the firing platform'

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of around 1,900 newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: PH Navy arrives in Hawaii for world's largest naval exercises

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) includes disaster response, maritime security operations, sea control, and complex warfighting

Photo from naval public affairs office

LOOK: Russian vessels arrive in PH for goodwill visit

Jun 09, 2018 - 7:32 PM

The visit 'aims to strengthen the relationship' between the Philippine Navy and the Russian Navy

Photo from the Philippine Navy

PH Navy contingent leaves for Hawaii to join naval war games

Jun 06, 2018 - 4:29 PM

It is the first time the Philippine Navy is participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), a multilateral naval exercise to be hosted by the US Navy's Pacific Fleet from June 27 to August 2

OFF TO HAWAII. The Philippine Navy is joining Exercise RIMPAC for the first time. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy

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Jun 01, 2018 - 12:54 PM

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Duterte 'seriously concerned' about Navy soldiers harassed by China chopper

May 31, 2018 - 9:46 PM

While Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has refrained from speaking publicly about the Ayungin Shoal incident, he conveyed concern about it in a confidential meeting

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The week in photos: May 19-25, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photograph taken on May 21, 2018 an internally displaced Afghan child looks on from a windows in her temporary home at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Herat. / AFP PHOTO / HOSHANG HASHIMI

Duterte's joke to Navy: One day, Philippines will invade other nations

May 22, 2018 - 8:20 PM

With an improved naval force, 'maybe we can start invading other nations,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Philippine Navy during its anniversary

'Sino'ng kalaban? Lumot?': Netizens react to Boracay threat simulations

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Filipinos online mock the security drills for potential terror attacks or hostage-taking incidents in Boracay, calling it 'overkill'

WATCH: Gov't simulates terror attack, hostage-taking in Boracay

Apr 24, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Inter-agency teams, led by the Philippine National Police, rehearse how they would respond to potential 'threats' during Boracay's closure

FACE OFF. Local police and protesters face head on in one of the simulations rehearsed at Boracay Island on April 24, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler