Philippines Coast Guard Pushes Back Against CCP China’s Warship Incursion

MAYPORT, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2015) The Chinese Jiangkai II-class frigate Yiyang (FFG 548) pulls into Naval Station Mayport. / U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Stephanie Turo/Released

After months of growing provocations by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and its naval auxiliaries and ostensibly ‘civilian’ Chinese fishing fleets, the Philippines is starting to push back. On Monday the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it had challenged a Chinese warship that entered the country’s territorial waters in the South China Sea.

The incident occurred near Marie Louise Bank within Manila’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea. It involved a 146 ft long PCG Parola-class patrol vessel, and an unknown PLAN warship with the hull number 189.  According to Radio Free Asia (RFA):

The BRP Cabra [MRV-4409] was patrolling near Marie Louise Bank – about 147 nautical miles (87 km) off the coast of El Nido town in Palawan province – when it spotted the Chinese ship on July 13, the Coast Guard said. 

The incident occurred a day after the fifth anniversary of a landmark international arbitral ruling that affirmed Manila’s rights to its territories in the South China Sea and declared Beijing’s claims over most of the contested waterway as baseless.

The “navy warship had a flag of the People’s Republic of China and was marked by Chinese characters,” Coast Guard spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo said in a statement. 

“BRP Cabra calmly raised a radio challenge while monitoring the movement of the said ship using radar,” Balilo said. But the Chinese warship, bow number 189, maintained silence, forcing the PCG ship to use a Long-Range Acoustic Device to broadcast audible notifications and warnings.

The PLAN warship finally broke its silence and sent a radio message after the PCG ship continued its challenge, reported RFA.

“Philippine Coast Guard 4409, this is Chinese Navy warship 189. Please keep two nautical miles distance from me,” the local coast guard quoted the message as saying. Balilo added that only then did the Chinese ship turn around to leave Marie Louise Bank, with BRP Cabra following to ensure that the PLAN vessel truly left the Philippines EEZ.

Earlier, on April 27, BRP Cabra, backed by other ships, chased away seven Chinese ships from Sabina Shoal, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said at the time. The shoal is 130 nautical miles (241 km) west of Puerto Princesa in Palawan province, within the EEZ.

The United States, Japan, Australia and other countries back the Philippines, urging China to follow international norms and stop its expansionist moves in the South China Sea. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Neverbeenadem
Neverbeenadem
2 months ago

Way to go biden. You have destabilized the entire world with you communist cowardice.
You are a walking cluster f–k, a demonic idiot destroyer of freedom.

James
James
2 months ago

If the nations of this planet do not rise up to challenge these Chinese incursions, they will continue to be “bullied” by the CCP. It would behoove all nations to ban any enterprise with China until such time as they give up their aggressive nature!

John
2 months ago
Reply to  James

China won’t give up! They are to BUSY! Buying up OUR FARM LAND! HELL! THEY OWN EVERY PRODUCT WE CONSUME! SO WHOS FAULT IS THAT? OURS! FOR LETTING IT HAPPEN!

Truth Matters
Truth Matters
2 months ago

Our FONOPS (Freedom of Navigation Operations) need to change to EEZ support to our allies. The window is rapidly closing in this high stakes Go match.

Tim Kuehl
Tim Kuehl
2 months ago

I’m sure Biden won’t back the Philippines and essentially throw them under the bus along with every other south east Asian country. Already he’s been the typical Democrat and not supported any of our other allies in their struggle against any tyranny including communism.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

China is going to push it’s luck to far, and before long all hell, is going to break loose, against this bullying of the US and other nations. U have no idea what your actions are going to cause. once dementia,joe is removed from office, your actions will be dealt with.

LetsTradeSocialistsForImmigrants
LetsTradeSocialistsForImmigrants
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Of course that’s the plan. He needs a war or at least skirmishes to distract us citizens from the hyperinflation that’s ramping up. Never mind all the other things he’s botching.

Pete
Pete
2 months ago

Where’s American…

…at Lee Fong restaurant

John
2 months ago

The, ” KENYA! BOY” is enjoying his third! Term of REVENGE! & DESTROYING! AMERICA! WITH HIS COMMIE! CORRUPT! FONDLING! PERVERT PUPPET! BY! DUNG! CLOSING THE XL PIPELINE! SPENDING MONEY THATS NOT THERE! AND SCREWING! THE NEXT GENERATIONS WITH DEBT EQUALS? NO FUTURE! COMING 2022? PEOPLE BETTER WAKE THE HELL! UP! OR THIS COUNTRY IS DONE!

Whatthehell
2 months ago
Reply to  John

Yep

terry
terry
2 months ago

The Philippines, like Taiwan and other countries in the South China Sea are earmarked for conquest by the ccp, just as surely as the nkcp intends to take over South Korea; and iran and turkey likewise intend conquests in their respective spheres! The hidden soviet crime cartel threat intends to take areas as well; the marxist, islamist, and globalist led by their tycoons, tyrants, and terrorist have a hegemonic realignment tacit agreement in place! Ony God stands in their way.

Jim Darnall
Jim Darnall
2 months ago

China will not stop and eventually things will break. Never before have I worried about America against any nation to challenge but today it is different. Our whole military is different because of woke thinking and the weakening of our nation’s leadership. Given current situation I pray we do not have to face a nation like China or Russia.

nemo
nemo
2 months ago

It is so very difficult for me to understand how O’Biden “won” the election, given his platform … He is a “weak knee” president and has the whole world laughing at him … surprised we are not at “final war” … I can only pity the youngsters that will never know the country I grew up in …

nemo
nemo
2 months ago

O’Biden & his son, Hunter, have been messin around in China, the Ukraine, & God knows where else … WTF … now China is flexing muscles … WHY??? Where are the Ukraine ships?? … This “as shole” will ruin the country …

Billy Q
Billy Q
2 months ago

If Trump was in office this crap wouldn’t be happening

Mike
Mike
2 months ago

There is something wrong in the report from Radio Free Asia. A 147 nautical(M) miles is about 272 Kilometers(km), not 87 km. Or, 87 km is 46 M. The other measurements are OK.


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