Wednesday, May 16, 2012

147 troops join Philippine-Indonesia naval exercises

MORE than 140 soldiers participated in the Corpat Philindo, a joint exercises of the Philippines-Indonesia naval forces in Balut Island, Sarangani province.

Some 100 troops from Philippine Navy's Eastern Mindanao Command and 47 troops from Indonesia participated in the joint exercises last April 23-May 2.

Captain Robert Empedrad, deputy commander for fleet operations and commander naval task force seahawk of Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, said the objective for holding such an exercise is to conduct a joint patrol between the territorial waters of countries Philippines and Indonesia.

He said the holding of joint military patrol will lessen the incidents of maritime crimes, including piracy, poaching, human smuggling and illegal fishing.

"We have enough ships here to patrol over our area of operation," he said.

He added they will stage another Corpat Philindo in September 2012.

Antonio L. Colina IV | SunStar.Com.Ph | May 9, 2012 | Article Link

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