Decommissioned Navy vessel eyed as mock target in next military exercises
MANILA, Philippines — The decommissioned Philippine Navy ship, which was supposed to be used as a mock target in the joint drills of American and Filipino soldiers before it ran aground in July, was already retrieved last month, an official told INQUIRER.net on Thursday.
Marine Deputy Commandant Brigadier General Jimmy Larida also said that the former BRP Lake Caliraya, which was towed back to Sangley Point port in Cavite City, may be utilized in the next exercises between two countries.
“Our counterparts might recommend using that again,” Larida said during the sidelines of the opening ceremony of joint marine exercises of the Philippines Marine Corps (PMC) and the United States Marine Corps (USMC) without providing further details.
The former BRP Lake Caliraya ran aground 60 meters away from the shoreline of Morong, Bataan on July 14, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.
On July 13, the PMC and USMC were supposed to sink the decommissioned motor tanker 12 nautical miles away from San Antonio, Zambales but it was cancelled then due to inclement weather.