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IN PHOTOS: Heroes’ welcome for PH Navy’s Marawi contingent

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The Marines fought fiercely to clear 3 critical bridges in the Marawi battle area, while the fleet patrolled Lake Lanao to make sure enemies could not escape and reinforcements were not able to go in

Philippines assures Vietnam of 'fair' probe into fishermen's deaths

Sep 25, 2017 - 2:20 PM

'We would like to offer our sympathies over the unfortunate loss of life,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano tells Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano assures Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh that the Philippines will conduct a fair and thorough probe into the deaths of two Vietnamese fishermen. Photo from DFA

2 Vietnamese fishermen killed in West PH Sea incident

Sep 24, 2017 - 5:45 PM

(4th UPDATE) 5 other Vietnamese fishermen are arrested off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan

ILLEGAL FISHING? Two Vietnamese fisherman were killed while 5 others were arrested on Saturday, September 23, some 60 nautical miles off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

U.S. turns over gas masks to Philippine Navy

Sep 02, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The US embassy says the transfer – made through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement – is part of the ongoing transfers from the US military to multiple branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Photo courtesy of the United States embassy in Manila

The week in photos: August 19-25, 2017

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:22 AM

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

GOOD FOR 3RD. Kaitlin de Guzman scored 12.3 to clinch the bronze medal in beam event of women's artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th SEA Games on August 22, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by PSC-POC Media

PH Navy rescues Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf in Basilan

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Vietnamese Do Trung Huiqe is a crew member of MV Royal 16 that the bandits attacked in November 2016

PH Navy gets radar system from U.S.

Aug 20, 2017 - 11:52 AM

The Tethered Aerostat Radar System TARS is a balloon borne radar that will boost the country s capability to patrol its maritime territories

BALLOON-BORNE RADARS. This photo from the web site of the US Customs and Border Protection shows one of its tethered aerostat radar system

4 hostages flee as Maute captors sleep – report

Aug 12, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The escaped hostages say Father Teresito Chito Soganub who was taken on May 23 from Marawi City is still alive

10 Vietnamese poachers arrested off Palawan

Aug 10, 2017 - 3:17 PM

UPDATED Dead sharks are found when the Philippine Navy boarded a foreign fishing vessel sailing off Palawan

POACHERS. The Philippine Navy boards a foreign fishing vessel spotted off the coast of Palawan. Photo by PAO WESCOM

PH, U.S. navies complete patrol in Sulu Sea

Jul 01, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The joint patrol is upon the invitation of the Philippine government and comes amid the clashes between government troops and local terrorists in Marawi City

PATROL. Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) drive an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat to Philippine Navy ship Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16) for personnel transfer. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis

Coast Guard stepping up sea patrols in Boracay

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Authorities say they will intensify sea patrols and deployment of assets to protect Boracay Island from any armed groups

The week in photos: May 27-June 2, 2017

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:43 PM

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

Copenhagen's world famous statue of The Little Mermaid is pictured after it has been exposed to vandalism and was painted red on May 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Scanpix Denmark / Ida Marie Odgaard / Denmark OUT

No more secondhand military equipment in his time, says Duterte

Jun 02, 2017 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is willing to spend double the money on equipment as long as they are new Those given by Americans I don’t want them

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presided over the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 1, 2017.  Joining the Joint AFP-PNP Command Conference are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy, AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Isidro Lapeña, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Director General Alex Monteagudo, Philippine Coast Guard Chief Joel Garcia, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and other officials from various law enforcement agencies. Malacañan Photo

IN PHOTOS: Duterte welcomes BRP Davao del Sur

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte promises more acquisitions of vessels and equipment for the AFP at the 119th anniversary of the Philippine Navy

NAVY ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Duterte troops the line at the Philippine Navy anniversary in Sasa Wharf, Davao City, on May 31, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Naval blockade up in Visayan waters

May 26, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard is also intensifying its security inspections on sea vessels docking in Negros Occidental especially those from Mindanao

IN PHOTOS: PH Navy's brand new BRP Davao del Sur

May 11, 2017 - 10:51 AM

The BRP Davao del Sur is the second amphibious landing dock vessel of the Philippine Navy longer than the ships given by the US Coast Guard

BACK HOME. The crew trained for four months in Indonesia

PH Navy commits to deliver materials for Pag-asa repairs soon

May 11, 2017 - 9:22 AM

But there is no timeline yet for the construction activities

COMMITMENT. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado says they will implement the orders of Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to repair facilities on Pag-asa island. Rappler photo

SC's Carpio: Philippines can't have VFA with China

May 10, 2017 - 2:50 PM

It s difficult to have a VFA with a country claiming your territory For me it is common sense says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

COMMON SENSE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines cannot have a Visiting Forces Agreement with China. Rappler photo

BRP Davao Del Sur, PH Navy's latest ship, arrives in Manila

May 07, 2017 - 10:14 AM

UPDATE 2 The BRP Davao Del Sur is the second Strategic Sealift Vessel of the Philippine Navy It is a versatile ship that can serve as a one stop operations center at sea

BIGGEST SHIP. BRP Davao Del Sur is about 10 meters longer then the ships from the US Coast Guard. Photo from PH Navy

Chinese warships arrive in Davao City after ASEAN Summit

Apr 30, 2017 - 7:10 PM

The Philippine Navy says the 3 day goodwill visit of the Chinese warships includes confidence building activities between the two nations

PH set to acquire Pohang-class corvette from South Korea

Apr 27, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Philippines will pay a token fee of 100 and shoulder the cost of refurbishing the decommissioned ship

DECOMMISSIONED WARSHIP. The Department of National Defense has written to South Korea to express intent to acquire one of the decommissioned ships of its navy. Photo from Wikicommons

WATCH: Russian warship arrives in Manila

Apr 20, 2017 - 4:34 PM

The Russian Navy is back in Manila for its second goodwill visit to the country this year

HEAVILY ARMED. Russian Pacific Fleet, Varyag, is armed with 16 anti-ship missiles

Russian guided missile cruiser arrives in Manila

Apr 20, 2017 - 9:26 AM

The Russian Navy makes its second goodwill visit to the Philippines this year

PORT CALL. Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag makes a port call in Manila on April 20, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Philippine, Vietnamese navies boost ties in goodwill visit

Apr 09, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The Le Quy Don 286 ship of the Vietnam People s Navy docks in the Philippines

GOODWILL VISIT. Vietnamese Navy's ship visits the Philippines to foster tighter relationship with the country's navy. Photo from the Naval Public Affairs Office

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Apr 07, 2017 - 7:02 PM

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PH Coast Guard patrols Benham Rise, too

Apr 06, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The civilian maritime law enforcement agency sends its Islander planes to patrol the 13 million hectare maritime territory

BENHAM RISE. Filipinos dive into Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo

Royal New Zealand Navy warship visits Manila

Apr 04, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Officers of the Royal New Zealand Navy will hold a series of joint activities with the Philippine Navy including basketball

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, March 27 - April 2, 2017

Apr 02, 2017 - 1:04 PM

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Small planes for PH Navy signal Japan's growing security role

Mar 28, 2017 - 7:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s pronouncements of dislike for US makes the country s relations with Japan very crucial

SMALL PLANES, HUGE LEAP. The transfer of TC90 patrol planes from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force to the Philippine Navy is a huge leap for Japan. PH Navy photo

Japan's largest warship to visit Subic in June

Mar 28, 2017 - 12:36 PM

There s a plan to invite President Rodrigo Duterte to visit JS Izumo when it makes a port call in Subic according to Japanese media

FORMAL TRANSFER OF TC90. Japan State Minister for Defense Kenji Wakamiya and Phlippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado at the formal transfer of TC90 patrol planes. Navy photo

VLOG: PH Navy welcomes 2 TC-90 trainer aircraft from Japan

Mar 27, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Japan s State Minister for Defense says the Philippines is a politically important nation because it is located in the sea line of communication to Japan

Philippines 'politically important nation for Japan'

Mar 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Japan State Minister for Defense Kenji Wakamiya notes the friendship between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

STATE MINISTER. Japan State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya leads the formal transfer of TC90 planes to the Philippine Navy. Rappler photo

WATCH: Water cannon salute for TC-90 patrol planes

Mar 27, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The TC 90s from Japan complement the air assets of the ill equipped Philippine Navy

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Mar 27, 2017 - 1:11 PM

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PH Navy receives 2 TC-90 patrol planes from Japan

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:59 AM

UPDATED The planes will boost the capability of the ill equipped navy to conduct maritime aerial reconnaissance

NEW PLANES. The TC-90s at the Naval Air Group headquarters in Sangley, Cavite, March 27, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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Mar 24, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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Mar 24, 2017 - 12:23 PM

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Philippine Navy sends warship to patrol Benham Rise

Mar 24, 2017 - 8:37 AM

UPDATED Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the navy will now regularly patrol the underwater plateau located in the country s eastern border

HAND-ME-DOWN. The Philippine Navy's most capable warship, BRP Ramon Alcaraz, is an excess defense article from the US Coast Guard. Rappler file photo Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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Mar 23, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Top female PMA graduates eager to defend PH waters

Mar 12, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Huwag tayong matakot humarap says Philippine Military Academy Class of 2017 valedictorian Rovi Mairel Martinez

TOP MISTAH. PMA Salaknib Class of 2017 valedictorian Rovi Mairel Martinez receives her diploma from President Rody Duterte during the graduation rites at Borromeo Field. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Ex-housemaid builds her dreams in the PMA, joins Navy

Mar 12, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Graduating PMA cadet Meriam Libongcogon remembers taking a job to become a housemaid hoping that she could juggle work and college education She entered PMA when that didn t work out

Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

Meet the PH Navy's new commander

Mar 09, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez thanks the Philippine Navy for accepting him into their ranks

LT COL ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez officially receives his rank in the Philippine Navy on March 7. Photo from the Philippine Navy's Facebook page

PH Navy awaits leased surveillance planes from Japan

Feb 26, 2017 - 9:54 AM

The first batch of 2 TC 90 maritime patrol aircraft is arriving on March 27

A file photo of a TC-90 plane of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. Image courtesy JMSDF

15 Philippine Navy chiefs gather in one photo

Feb 05, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado says he always welcomes their guidance and support

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2016 candidates visit Philippine Navy

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The ladies visit the Philippine Navy headquarters on their way to Batangas

Former Navy vice admiral gets 24 years for graft

Jan 17, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Retired Vice Admiral Mariano Dumancas and several other ex Navy officers are convicted of graft over the illegal purchase of medical supplies from 1991 to 1992

CONVICTION. Sandiganbayan First Division convicts former navy officers of multiple counts of graft for an illegal procurement in 1992. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Russia ready to help PH in fight vs terrorism, piracy

Jan 03, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Russian Navy Pacific Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov in Manila for a goodwill visit also foresees future multinational military exercises in the South China Sea involving the Philippines Russia China and even Malaysia

RUSSIAN WARSHIP. This picture taken on September 12, 2016, shows Russian destroyer Admiral Tributs arriving at Zhanjiang port in China's southern Guangdong province.  Russian navy ships arrived for eight-day joint military exercises with the Chinese navy in the South China Sea, in a show of force after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant's extensive claims in the region. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

US State Dep't approves sale of radars for PH warships

Dec 16, 2016 - 11:36 AM

The air search radars will enhance the Philippine Navy s maritime domain awareness and enable it to detect and track air contacts

FIRST. BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is the first US Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutter acquired by the Philippine Navy. Rappler photo

Duterte's defense chief vows to modernize PH Navy

Dec 10, 2016 - 11:49 AM

The newly acquired BRP Andres Bonifacio will be deployed to fight terrorism in Sulu Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says

WARSHIP FROM US. BRP Andres Bonifacio arrives on December 9. PH Navy photo

PH to decommission World War 2 ships

Dec 09, 2016 - 1:12 PM

This comes as the Navy eyes more modern ships