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ADAS 2016: Pride of Philippine Navy dented

20th September 2016 - 12:27 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The Philippine Navy’s (PN) first Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV) was hit by a Liberian-registered tanker in waters off Zamboanga City on 19 September.

At the time, the 7,200t BRP Tarlac, the navy’s largest ever vessel, was acting as a floating command-and-control platform for operations being conducted against the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the southern Philippines.

Anchored 1,000 yards south of a pier at Naval Station Romulo, the merchant tanker Tasco collided with the SSV. RAdm Jorge Amba, commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said no crew were hurt, but that the naval vessel suffered ‘minor damage in

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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