This boat is apparently in good enough condition to take part in CARAT exercises last year.
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June 01, 2007http://services.inquirer.net/express/07/06/01/html_output/xmlhtml/20070601-68963-xml.html
ZAMBOANGA CITY—American and Filipino sailors yesterday started another antiterror training, this time under the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (Carat) 2007.
“Take care of each other and make safety your number one priority,” US Navy Rear Admiral William Burke, commander of Task Force 73 of the Western Pacific Logistics Group, said before some 2,000 US and Filipino sailors here during the opening ceremonies, which was also attended by US Ambassador Kristie Kenney.
The week-long exercise will be participated in by three US naval warships—USS Harpers Ferry, USS Ford and USS Jarrett.
The Philippine Navy will use the BRP Artemio Ricarte, BRP Gen. Mariano Alvarez, BRP Bagobo
and BRP Quezon during the exercises, in addition to three Navy Islanders and helicopters.
Burke said that during the exercises, which will be held in the waters of Basilan, Zamboanga and Sulu, US and Filipino sailors will learn “higher level” of combating terror.
“Each of our Navy sailors and marines will share practical skills in several tactical areas like maritime interdiction and surveillance, port and sea search and seizure operation, tactical information sharing, amphibious operation and forced protection,” Burke said.
Commodore Feliciano Angue, of the Philippine Navy, said what Burke meant about higher level was that the exercises will focus on night operations.
“It’s more challenging now,” he said adding that previous exercises focused on day operations.
Burke said aside from terrorism, the joint exercises were also aimed at strengthening the skills of US and Filipino forces against transnational threats like piracy, human and drug trafficking and smuggling.
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