LOOK: PH Navy sends Christmas cheer to West Philippine Sea islands | Global News

LOOK: PH Navy sends Christmas cheer to West Philippine Sea islands

/ 04:31 PM December 26, 2021
The Philippine Navy drops supplies into remote Philippine-held islands in the West Philippine Sea on Christmas Day

The Philippine Navy drops supplies into remote Philippine-held islands in the West Philippine Sea on Christmas Day. WESCOM

MANILA, Philippines — Naval aviators air-dropped much needed supplies to remote Philippine-held islands in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in the West Philippine Sea on Christmas Day.

Naval helicopter AgustaWestland 109 (AW109) onboard the Philippine Navy frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) delivered the relief packs from Palawan Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office for the residents of Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said.

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The strategically important Pag-asa Island, the only Philippine-occupied feature in KIG with civilian inhabitants, suffered significant damage from Typhoon Odette (Rai).

The same naval assets also air-dropped noche buena packages, including holiday staple lechon, to the troops deployed in KIG, the AFP said.

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The BRP Mangyan (AC-71) ferried Christmas packages to the troops in Rizal  (Commodore) Reef detachment.

The Philippines occupies nine military detachments around the KIG, including Pag-asa, as well as BRP Sierra Madre, a rusty World War-2 landing ship tank intentionally run aground in Ayungin Shoal.

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TAGS: BRP Antonio Luna, BRP Mangyan, BRP Sierra Madre, Kalayaan Island Group, Philippine Navy, West Philippine Sea
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