‘Drone was launched during US-only exercise in Sept.’—US Embassy


FALLEN DRONE A US-made unmanned aerial vehicle, identified as a BQM-74E target drone, was recovered in waters off San Jacinto town on Ticao Island, Masbate, early Sunday morning. PHOTO FROM MASBATE PROVINCIAL POLICE OFFICE

MANILA, Philippines—The United States-made drone recovered off Ticao Island in Masbate on Sunday morning was launched during a week-long US-only exercise in September, the US Embassy in Manila said Tuesday.

“The unarmed target drone that washed ashore off the coast of Masbate Island is an expended BQM-74E Aerial Target drone that was launched from the USS Chafee (DDG 90) during exercise Valiant Shield 2012 on September 19, 2012 off the coast of Guam,” spokeswoman Tina Malone said in a statement.

The Valiant Shield 2012, held every two years since 2006 which focuses on the cooperation between US military branches, took place in Guam last September.

“It appears that ocean currents brought the drone to where it washed ashore last week off Masbate Island,” it added.

The military has already dispatched an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team for investigation.

“We sent an EOD team for initial investigations on the navy drone. The EOD team found that the drone already has some barnacles and assessed to be safe for transport,” military spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said.

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  • JK1000

    Malacanang should explain to the filipinos why this thing happened in our territory, the President himself  has some explaining to do if they knew that the U.S. was doing this kind of operation with their knowledge. There’s nothing wrong if both government knew this kind of operation but if this operation was solely done by the U.S. that’s an intrusion and blatant disregard of our sovereignty.

  • JK1000

    This send a strong warning to China, the discovery of this drone in Philippine water will surely affects  China’s persistant in bullying it’s neighbors. The U.S. is sending a clear message to China, the Philippines is an important ally of the U.S., Stay out !  Thanks to the U.S. for that.

  • Banana Na

    haaaa…nag-comment lang ako yesterday, pareho ang comment ko sa reason ng US military….haaaa na galing ang DRONE sa guam at sa lakas ng sa waves ay dumating ang drone sa masbate…haaa  loko naman talaga ang reasoning ng US….haaaa

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