By: LIEUTENANT COLONEL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office
Monday, 09 August 2010
Philippine Navy responds to the call for humanitarian assistance Monday 09 August 2010. As weather improves, Philippine Navy Cessna 330 and Philippine Navy Cessna 324 take off 10:30 a.m. for Search Operations of the missing SF Freighter, a 498-ton cargo vessel, reported missing 2:00 a.m. Saturday 07 August 2010. She was reported to have suffered engine failure amidst turbulent winds and rough seas at the vicinity Isabel Island in Romblon.
Focus of the search will be the vicinity of Dos Hermanas Island Romblon. The expanded search area is now 900 square nautical mile taking into account drift, then-prevailing weather condition, and other data available.
Apart from its primary role of conducting maritime security operations, humanitarian operations like search, rescue, relief and rehabilitation are also among the Navy’s priority missions. (End)