The Philippine National Police collaborated with the Philippine Coast Guard to train 82 students of the PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) on sea vessel assault onboard BRP Teresa Magbanua (MRRV-9701), in the vicinity waters off Port Area in Manila from 20 to 22 of June 2022.
This is through the efforts of Police Major General Patrick T. Villacorte, Director of the PNP-Special Action Force, relative to the directives of PNP Officer-in-Charge, Police Lieutenant General Vicente D. Danao Jr., to ensure their efficiency in carrying out the PNP – SAF mandate, particularly in Internal Security Operations.
The select students underwent specialization in Urban Counter-Revolutionary Warfare Course (UCRWC) Class 103-2022, and have performed a series of training on ship assault scenarios to simulate boarding and securing of the vessel bridge and engine room.
According to Philippine Coast Guard Special Operations Force (CGSOF) Commander, CG Commodore Edgardo Hernando, the initiative established closer ties and strengthened interoperability of special operations forces of PCG and PNP, specifically in conducting skills enhancement training and operations.
The CGSOF personnel headed by CG Commodore Hernando, and officers and crew of BRP Teresa Magbanua (MRRV-9701) headed by CG Commander Erwin Tolentino assisted in the conduct of the sea vessel assault training.
PNP-SAF is the primary maneuver unit of the Philippine National Police geared towards continuous enhancement of personnel’s individual skills and unit capabilities in internal security and counterterrorism operations.