Ships from the navies of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have completed the fourth day of their trilateral maritime exercise on Saturday.
The exercise was aimed at enhancing their respective security and defensive capabilities while preventing piracy and abductions in their common maritime borders.
In yesterday’s trilateral security exercise, the three navies completed their combined maritime patrol and training activities.
The participating vessels were KRI SURA 802 of Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL), KDI PARI 3510 of Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS38) of the Philippine Navy.
They conducted several naval ship executions such as officer on watch maneuver, flashing lights and communications interoperability exercises as they sailed from Zamboanga to Tawi Tawi.
The trilateral event includes demonstration, day tour and sports activities involving the three navies.
All the activities were held in the area of Western Mindanao Command Headquarters in Zamboanga City.
The maritime patrol exercise is under the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement signed in 2017 in response to a series of kidnappings of foreigners by the Abu Sayyaf Group and its affiliates.
The groups operate in waters along the common borders in the southern Philippines, a sea passage through which 16,000 international vessels and $14 billion in goods pass annually.