The Philippines and the US will again conduct a naval exercise.
Among the ships involved will be the US latest ship USS
Fort Wort is a new US Navy ship. It has an embarked helicopter
capable of anti-submarine warfare. It has also a giant drone
for surveillance purposes and one small armed helicopter
operated remotely. This small helicopter is capable of firing
rockets against potential targets.
One of USS Fort Worth mission is to monitor whats happening
in the West Philippine sea.
US Navy Cmdr. Michael Jarret Jr., the commanding officer of
the USS Fort Worth said that they saw a lot of different navy
operating in the area like China, Malaysia, Indonesia and the
USS Fort Worth is said to be a littoral combat ship capable
of operating in shallow water and well suited to operate in
those kind of environment. USS Fort Worth is very fast, it is
said that it can travel at 40 knots per hour.
The USS Forth Worth is in Palawan, Philippines to participate
in the yearly CARAT exercise between the US and the Philippines.
The CARAT is a naval exercise conducted yearly between the US
and the Philippines intended to strengthen the cooperation
between the navies of both countries specially in cases of
natural disaster and calamities.
Rear Admiral Leopoldo Alano, the Philippine Fleet commander
said that the Philippine Navy will have a gunnery exercises
to test the proficiency of the Philippine Del Pilar navy
ships both surface and air targets.
In other parts of Palawan, the Philippine Navy and the
Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force is also conducting
Rommel Banlaoi, a security analyst said that the risk of
conflict in the area became huge because the military,
para-military and civilian activities in the area went up.
He further said that if you involved a major power in the
area, you also increase the risk of major power rivalry.