MANILA In line with its efforts to increase the country's anti-terrorism capability, the US government, through Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, on Wednesday formally donated six "small unit riverine craft" (SURC) to the Philippine Marine Corps.
Receiving these assets on behalf of the PMC was Navy flag-officer-in-charge Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano and Marine Corps commandant Major Gen. Romeo T. Tanalgo and In-shore Boat Battalion commander Lt. Col. Noel R. Precioso.
These US-donated SURCs will be used by the PMC specifically by IBBN personnel primarily for tactical mobility and as weapons platform to counter terrorism.
It will also be used to provide platform for command and control, reconnaissance, logistic/resupply, medical evacuation, counter-drug operations, humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping and non-combatant evacuation operations.
These water assets will be essential in maintaining maritime security and ascertain peace and order in our communities especially in littoral and riverine environment, he said.
The SURCs will be deployed to augment our sea-based forces to address terrorism and lawlessness such as the current crisis in Mindanao," Alano added.
On the other hand, Thomas pledged that the US government will not only provide technical assistance as required but will also continue to find ways to hone the skills of both the US and Philippine Armed Forces.
We will use every chance we get to make the best of our resources, to make our units work seamlessly together and to build every unit as the best team possible," he said. (PNA)