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First time: PH Navy ship docks at Pag-asa Island

May 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM

A new port and beaching ramp near completion on the country's largest outpost in the West Philippine Sea

FIRST TIME. The Philippine Navy ship BRP Ivatan (far right) docks at Pag-asa Island for the first time on May 13, 2020. Photo from Naval Forces West

Filipina graduates with honors from U.S. Naval Academy

May 16, 2020 - 8:54 AM

‘I want to end my cadetship here at the USNA on a very good note. I’m not representing myself, I'm representing the Philippine military,’ says Midshipman First Class Mary Pauline Fornea

MISTAH. Midshipman First Class Mary Pauline Fornea, an original member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 2019, receives her diploma from the US Naval Academy in Maryland. Photo courtesy of May Pauline Fornea

Environment group lauds VFA termination, cites toxic waste U.S. troops left behind

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Ending the key military pact with the US is the first step towards exacting justice for thousands of Filipinos whose health suffered because of the hazardous waste the US military left behind in its former bases, says Kalikasan

ENVIRONMENT HAZARD. The activist group Kalikasan lauds the termination of the Philippines' Visiting Forces Agreement with the US, which allowed for military exercises that were an environment hazard, the group says. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Naval Forces Northern Luzon leads search for missing Zambales fisherman

Feb 04, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Rico Undocon put out to sea on January 30 and has been seen missing since

PH Navy continues searching for 7 missing fishermen in Pangasinan

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:28 PM

Reports reaching the Naval Forces Northern Luzon say that the fishermen onboard FB Narem 2 have been missing since January 14

Naval Forces NL conduct search and rescue operation for 7 missing fishermen in Pangasinan. Photo courtesy of Naval Forces Northern Luzon

U.S. sends home 21 Saudis as probe finds shooting was 'terrorism'

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:01 AM

Attorney General Bill Barr says evidence shows the shooter was 'motivated by jihadist ideology'

NAVAL STATION. A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 6, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. File photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. to expel a dozen Saudi trainees after base attack probe – media

Jan 12, 2020 - 1:53 PM

While the trainees are not accused of aiding the shooter, some are found to have connections to extremist movements or be in possession of child pornography

NAVAL STATION. A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 6, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. File photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP

Gunman at U.S. military base showed mass shooting videos at party – report

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The shooter did not have any apparent ties to terror groups and no group has officially claimed the attack, the New York Times reports

AFTERMATH. A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP

Saudis distance themselves from U.S. naval base shooter

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:46 PM

In a phone call with President Donald Trump, King Salman says the shooter 'does not represent the Saudi people'

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 06: A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. The second shooting on a U.S. Naval Base in a week has left three dead plus the suspect and seven people wounded. Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP

Military base shooter assailed U.S. as 'nation of evil'

Dec 07, 2019 - 1:01 PM

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media, identifies the shooter as Mohammed al-Shamrani, saying he had posted a manifesto on Twitter that said, 'America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil'

AFTER THE SHOOTING. A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP

Saudi military student kills 3 at U.S. naval base

Dec 07, 2019 - 12:03 AM

(UPDATED) Though relatively rare, military facilities have not been left untouched by the United States' epidemic of mass shootings

SHOOTING. This US Navy file handout photo shows the USS John F. Kennedy arriving at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, on March 18, 2004. AFP PHOTO/US NAVY/Patrick Nichols

Preliminary contract for new PH Navy warships signed in South Korea

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The Navy chief says they're figuring out where to get the P28 billion to buy a pair of brand new corvettes, which will be the Philippines' most powerful warships – if the plan pushes through

PHILIPPINE WARSHIP. The brand new BRP Antonio Luna, a multidimensional frigate, is launched to sea for the first time at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea on November 8, 2019. Photo from the Philippine Navy

Gov't neglecting duty to defend PH territory – maritime expert

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says not calling out China's latest harassment 'is tantamount to a public surrender of Philippine interest in Scarborough Shoal'

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. This broader ECDIS map image shows Scarborough Shoal adjacent to the western tip of Luzon. The red line represents the general direction of the Green Aura's course as it heads from Thailand to China on its voyage from September 26 to October 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Cayetano: 'Nothing new' with China driving away Filipino-crewed ship

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also does not want to use the term 'harassment' to refer to a 'Chinese naval warship' ordering a Filipino-crewed commercial ship to change course in Scarborough Shoal

'NOTHING NEW.' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano does not want to use the term 'harassment' for the incident involving a Chinese warship and a Filipino-crewed commercial ship in Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Locsin refuses to call out China ship harassment in West Philippine Sea

Nov 04, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

This photo from the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) of the oil tanker Green Aura indicates the presence of Chinese vessels near Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Maritime expert hits Panelo for downplaying China ship harassment

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:10 AM

'It's like a person not caring that his house is being managed by someone else who claims to be the owner,' says expert Jay Batongbacal in response to Malacañang

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference for the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) at the Impact Challenger in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 3, 2019. AVITO DALAN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo: Harassment of Filipino-crewed ship 'not our concern'

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:20 PM

'It's not a Philippine vessel,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, when asked about the incident involving a Filipino-crewed commercial ship and a 'Chinese warship'

FILIPINO CREW. Ship captain Manolo Ebora (left) speaks to the crew of a 'Chinese warship' on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura near Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Lorenzana to China: Respect international maritime law

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The defense chief also says the encounter between a Chinese vessel that claimed to be a warship and the Filipino crew of a commercial ship ‘should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized’

PHILIPPINE WATERS. This photo from the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) of the oil tanker Green Aura indicates the ship's path between Panatag Shoal (left) and Luzon island (right), and the presence of Chinese vessels in the area on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Lorenzana commends Filipino captain who defied ‘Chinese warship’ in West PH Sea

Nov 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The defense chief also rebuts the 'Chinese naval warship' crew’s claim that Panatag Shoal is ‘under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government’

COMMENDABLE. Captain Manolo Ebora of the international oil tanker M/T Green Aura stood up to a Chinese naval warship near Panatag Shoal on September 30, 2019. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana commended him on November 2, 2019, saying his handling of the encounter was admirable. Image by Rappler

DFA verifying Chinese ship harassment of Filipino-crewed ship in West PH Sea

Nov 02, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'We will verify the facts of the incident then relevant offices will make the appropriate recommendations,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Ship captain Manolo Ebora speaks to the crew of a "Chinese warship" on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura past Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese ‘naval warship’ harasses Filipino-crewed ship near Scarborough Shoal

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:48 PM

The Chinese vessel insists that the commercial ship change course to avoid the shoal, and then tails it to make sure it stays away from the Chinese-controlled area in the West Philippine Sea

Satanic Temple has right to gather, says U.S. Naval Academy

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:29 AM

The US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, says 'a group of Midshipmen with beliefs aligned with those practiced by The Satanic Temple... requested a space where they could assemble to discuss and share their common beliefs.'

A view of the Satanic Temple logo where a "Hell House" was being held is seen in Salem, Massachusett on October 8, 2019. The Hell House was a paradoy on a Christian Conversion center meant to scare atheist and other Satanic Church members. Joseph Prezioso / AFP

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Our Lady of La Naval

Oct 13, 2019 - 2:55 PM

For devotees, Our Lady of La Naval is the symbol of love and strength to withstand life's constant battles

Annual procession of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary La Naval de Manila. the Queen of the Rosary is also the patron saint of Quezon City. Sto. Domingo Parish, Quezon City. Oct. 14, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

8 of 10 naval board topnotchers from University of Cebu

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:51 AM

This is not the first time the university dominated the naval board exam. In 2017, UC swept all 10 top slots.

TOPNOTCHERS. University of Cebu students take 8 of 10 top spots of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Exam. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

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

ASEAN, U.S. to hold first ever joint maritime drill

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Washington's re-engagement with Southeast Asia comes as a deteriorating trade war with China threatens to engulf the global economy

NAVAL DRILLS. In this May 9, 2019, photo released by the US Navy, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal. Photo by Darion Chanelle Triplett/Navy Office of Information/AFP

Another Chinese survey vessel found operating in PH waters

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Map images show Chinese survey ship 'Dong Fang Hong 3' operating in Philippine waters a day after Chinese ship 'Zhanjian' was seen operating off the country's east coast

VESSEL'S PATH. Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Dong Fang 3' operating inside the Philippines exclusive economic zone. Photo from Ryan Martinson

China survey vessel in PH waters? Not until AFP says so – Locsin

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'That's not happening until I hear from the Armed Forces,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the reported presence of a Chinese vessel in the country's exclusive economic zone

MILITARY INFO ONLY. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said he would only rely on military information regarding a Chinese survey vessel supposedly operating in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

LOOK: Chinese survey ship found operating in PH waters

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:14 AM

Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Zhanjian' operating 80 nautical miles off the east coast of the Philippines

VESSEL'S PATH. Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Zhanjian' operating inside the Philippines exclusive economic zone. Photo from Ryan Martinson

Chinese tourists accosted for taking photos of naval facility in Palawan

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Taking pictures is generally prohibited in most military facilities because it risks giving away valuable tactical information

CORDONED OFF. The Philippine Navy has sought to cordon off a portion of a tourist area in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, where a naval facility can be viewed and photographed. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

PDEA-led team seizes P4.4M worth of marijuana plants in Toledo City

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Naval Forces Central Central Command and the Cebu Provincial Police Office aid PDEA during the operations in Barangay Tungkay, a mountainous village

JOINT OPERATION. A team led by PDEA Central Visayas burn marijuana plants in Toledo City, Cebu, on June 26, 2019. Photo from PDEA Central Visayas FB

Zambales town opposes planned AFP Subic Naval Reservation

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The proposed 300-million-square-meter development will leave only 30% of San Antonio's land area, and will disrupt the town's tourism industry

OPPOSITION. Mayor Estela Deloso Antipolo says the development will leave San Antonio as one of the smallest towns in the Philippines. Photo from San Antonio FB

India and France hold biggest naval exercises – with one eye on China

May 11, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Without naming the Asian giant, India and France worry about China's growing economic clout and its territorial claims that have caused tensions in the South China Sea

EXERCISE. Technicians prepare to take out a French Rafale fighter jet from a hangar of the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" during a joint Indo-French naval exercise Varuna, in the Arabian sea, off Goa coast on May 9, 2019. Photo by Punit Paranjpe / AFP

The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

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

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

IN PHOTOS: La Naval de Manila grand procession 2018

Oct 14, 2018 - 10:02 PM

(UPDATED) The feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, is known for one of the biggest Marian processions in the Philippines

LA NAVAL. Catholic devotees join the annual procession of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, on October 14, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Mass, grand procession for La Naval de Manila 2018

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The grand La Naval de Manila procession follows a Mass led by Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City

LA NAVAL. Thousands of devotees mark the annual La Naval fiesta, such as this one held on October 8, 2017. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Forest rangers of Freedom Island fight losing battle vs plastic pollution

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Because of the immense volume of plastic trash in Manila Bay, forest rangers of Freedom Island and Long Islang in Parañaque say coastal cleanups are not enough

PLASTIC EVERYWHERE. Coastal cleanups are not enough to save Freedom and Long Islands in Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

U.S. Navy reactivates its Atlantic 2nd Fleet

May 06, 2018 - 12:30 AM

'Our National Defense Strategy makes clear that we're back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more challenging and complex,' says Admiral John Richardson, chief of US Naval Operations

US BASE. This file image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (left) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise east of the Korean peninsula. Photo by Ryan Harper / US NAVY / AFP

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zamboanga City

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Local cops and navy intelligence officers arrest Baser Ahmad based on a warrant arrest issued by a court in Basilan

U.S. warship collides with tugboat in Japan

Nov 19, 2017 - 11:30 AM

The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold was participating in a scheduled towing exercise in Japan's Sagami Bay

P5-M shabu seized in Zamboanga City

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Five people are also arrested in the buy-bust operation led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

ARRESTED. The PDEA and NISG seize over P5 million worth of shabu and arrest 5 in a buy-bust operation in Zamboanga City. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

After Marawi terror, military heightens alert on PH-Indonesia maritime border

Oct 18, 2017 - 9:21 PM

The Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao says it's doing this 'to prevent possible spillover' of the threat since the Marawi terrorist leaders were killed

MARITIME COOPERATION. In this file photo, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (left) and then Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario finish signing a historic maritime deal between their countries. Behind them, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III as witnesses. File photo by Rey Baniquet/PCOO/Malacañang Photo Bureau

University of Cebu sweeps top 10 in naval board exams

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The university will give P50,000 to P100,000 cash incentives to the 10 topnotchers

SUCCESS STORIES. All of the top 10 performing examinees of the Naval Architect and Marine Engineer Licensure Examinations came from the University of Cebu.

Remains found on U.S. warship that collided off Singapore – U.S. Navy

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The US Navy announces a fleet wide global investigation following the latest deadly warship collision the second in two months

SCOTT SWIFT. Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks to reporters during a press conference at Changi naval base in Singapore on August 22, 2017. Photo by Roslan Rahman/ AFP

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

Bodies of U.S. sailors found in flooded destroyer after Japan crash

Jun 18, 2017 - 10:55 AM

4th UPDATE The US Navy says a number of missing sailors are found dead in damaged areas of a destroyer that collided with a Philippine flagged container ship off Japan s coast

DAMAGED. US Navy guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald arrives at its mother port US Naval Yokosuka Base, Kanagawa prefecture on June 17, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

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

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

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

Iran successfully tests naval missile – reports

Mar 10, 2017 - 10:52 AM

The missile test is carried out at a time of heightened tension between Iran and the United States