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Special Forces assault boats to beef up patrols in Davao Gulf

/ 01:44 PM December 27, 2017

The assault boats set to be deployed for patrol. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Special Forces assault boats will soon patrol Davao Gulf to detect and deter piracy and terrorist threats in southern waters.

Two of these boats were formally turned over by Special Forces Regiment commander Brig. Gen. Ramiro Manuel Rey to Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) chief Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal in Davao City on Tuesday, the EMC said in a statement.

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Madrigal said the boats will be “an additional capability in securing the municipal waters in the area of responsibility, particularly Davao Gulf, to preempt terrorists, piracy and other security threats from using the sea lanes in their terrorist and criminal acts. It can also be used for water search and rescue operations.”

The boats have counter/anti-terrorist capability and will be manned by Special Forces Riverine troopers.

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The boats will be initially deployed with Joint Task Force Haribon which has the jurisdiction of Mega Davao, the EMC said. /jpv

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