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Fil-Am woman is commander of US Navy in the Marianas

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A Filipina American is one of the high-ranking women in the US Navy, becoming commander of the Joint Region Marianas during a change of command ceremony at the Guam High School gymnasium aboard US Naval Hospital Guam last August 15.

Posted: October 28th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH soon to get P87M from US for damage to Tubbataha Reefs

This handout photo taken on January 19, 2013 and released on January 20, 2013 by the Philippine Western Command (WESCOM) shows an aerial shot of US Navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian, as it remains trapped on the Tubbataha reef after it ran aground on the western Philippine island of Palawan. AFP FILE PHOTO

The P87 million payment of the United States for the damage caused by its Navy ship to the Tubbataha Reefs off Palawan is now on its “documentation stage,” a Palace official said.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH, US navies set war games

THE VIEW FROM CHINA. US Marines storm a beach along the West Philippine Sea on Friday but only to simulate an amphibious landing during joint US-Philippines military exercises dubbed Balikatan 2014 at San Antonio, Zambales. This year’s war games focus on maritime security. The exercise came even as tensions simmer between the Philippines and China over rival claims to territory in the West Philippine Sea, part of the South China Sea within Manila’s 370-km exclusive economic zone.  MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/ INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Around 4,000 troops from both the Philippine and United States navies will take part in this year’s Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise which kicks off Monday at 10 a.m. at Naval Forces West headquarters in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan province.

Posted: September 29th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US to pay for Tubbataha damage ‘very soon’


The United States will “very soon” have an announcement about the compensation for the damage to Tubbataha Reef when a US Navy ship was grounded there in 2013.

Posted: September 15th, 2014 in Americas,Asia & Pacific,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Smooth sailing for first Fil-Am to command US aircraft carrier

SKIPPER’S SELFIE Capt. Ronald Ravelo is all smiles in this selfie, which is posted on Facebook, during the change of command of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. He took over from his brother-in-law in a unique turnover at Victory Landing Park in Newport News, Virginia, on Aug. 7. Behind him are his crew and guests. PHOTO FROM USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN FACEBOOK PAGE

He doesn’t think he’s any more special than his fellow Navy officers but Capt. Ronald Ravelo made history by becoming the first Filipino-American to command an aircraft carrier in the US Navy after taking command of the USS Abraham Lincoln on Aug. 7, taking over from his brother-in-law Capt. Karl Thomas.

Posted: August 10th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »