Coast Guard displays new firearms vs. piracy, terrorism

MANILA -Seventy Tavor sub-machine Guns 9mm were presented Monday before Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Rear Admiral Elson Hermogino at the PCG National Headquarters Port Area, Manila after the agency's flag raising ceremony.

The Israeli-made weapons were delivered last week and will be utilized by PCG's elite force in combating piracy and terrorism at sea.

The PCG is also set to acquire a PHP1 billion worth of weaponry this year as provided in the General Appropriation Act of 2018.

The acquisition will include 9 mm pistol for all of its personnel, assault and sniper rifles for the Special Operations Force, machine guns for small boat operations, and heavy machine guns with automatic gyro stabilizer for PCG vessels.

The weapons will beef up the PCG's capability for maritime security and law enforcement operations.

Monday's event was witnessed by PCG officers and personnel, led by PCG Chief of Coast Guard Staff, Commodore Eduardo Fabricante. (PCG PR)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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