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U.S. Gives Philippine Marines Six Riverine Boats for Counter Terrorism Missions

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surc_philThe Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) received six U.S. Small Unit Riverine Crafts (SURC) to aid the 1,200-member PMC force in counter terrorism operations, according to a Wednesday announcement from the service.

“These water assets will be essential in maintaining maritime security and ascertain peace and order in our communities especially in littoral and riverine environment”, Philippine Navy head Vice Adm. Jose Luis M Alano said in the statement.

“The SURCs will be deployed to augment our sea-based forces to address terrorism and lawlessness such as the current crisis in Mindanao”

For the last three weeks, Philippine forces have fought Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Muslim guerrillas near the port city of Zamboanga on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, according to local press reports.

The donated SURCs will be use exclusively by the PMC to “ also to provide platform for command and control, reconnaissance, logistic/resupply, medical evacuation, counter-drug operations, humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping and non-combatant evacuation operations,” according to the statement.

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Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.