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Another supply run from Wescom to Ayungin Shoal is complete.

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In the West Philippine Sea’s Ayungin Shoal, where the BRP Sierra Madre (LT-57) is grounded and keeping watch, Filipino soldiers are stationed, the Western Command (Wescom) said on Sunday that it has successfully completed another resupply mission (WPS).

According to a statement released on Sunday, “The Wescom of the Armed Forces of the Philippines announced the completion of another resupply operation to personnel manning the BRP Sierra Madre, which remains grounded in Ayungin Shoal in the WPS.”

This occurred as a China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel challenged and followed the Philippine supply boat as other China militia vessels were cruising nearby.

Wescom stated that the Chinese radio challenges will assert that the sea area close to the Philippine ship is “within the jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China,” that supplies are being supplied, and that bringing building equipment would result in retaliation.

The CCG would always attempt to thwart the mission by shadowing and engaging in tight maneuvers against Philippine supply boats in response to these radio challenges.

On the other side, despite the difficulties, the Philippine supply boats would respond and continue on their intended course.

Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos, the Wescom commander, emphasized the importance of the BRP Sierra Madre being the closest Philippine outpost to China’s military base on Mischief Reef.

“The Mischief garrison, which is China’s closest military outpost to Palawan, is located in our nation’s exclusive economic zone. Resupply missions are therefore essential to sustaining our presence in Ayungin “Carlos threw in.

This year’s latest resupply operation is the eleventh overall.

In April of last year, China deployed rubber boats and Chinese paramilitary ships, blocked Ayungin Shoal’s entrance with nets and ropes, and issued numerous warnings against sending building supplies.

The nets were removed from the Ayungin Shoal’s supply entry in May.

The CCG, militia boats and rubber boats continued to patrol the region, nevertheless.

Carlos stated, “Our mission team has never asked permission to carry out resupply and other naval activities in our territory and EEZ.

troops’ gifts

Maj. Cheryl Tindog, a spokeswoman for Wescom, reported that Christmas care packages for the troops aboard the BRP Sierra Madre were also delivered during the Dec. 17 resupply operation.

She continued by saying that this mission was equally important because Christmas comfort packages were also distributed to the Navy ship’s crew.

The Christmas care packages feature Lechon de Leche and other items used in the traditional Filipino meal Noche Buena (suckling pig).

The Commander of Wescom delivered smiles, good news, and cheers to the sailors and marines in this area of the nation’s last frontier along with the University of Perpetual Help System and Naval Forces Reserve National Capital Region, Tindog added.

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