Home : Media : News : News Article View

U.S. and Philippines: Building Partner Capacity for Maritime Domain Awareness

By Pacific Command Public Affairs | June 9, 2015

The Republic of the Philippines recently inaugurated a National Coastal Watch Center (NCWC) that will greatly improve its maritime border security.   Both Philippine and U.S. dignitaries attended the April 28th ribbon cutting ceremony held in Manila for the facilities that will house this maritime security information fusion and command center.

The NCWC brings together a variety of Philippine government agencies with responsibility to protect the nation’s coasts and maritime resources.  It carries out its mission by providing a venue and structure for the varied agencies to coordinate their efforts and maximize their capabilities in the areas of surveillance, maritime domain awareness (MDA); planning and coordination; and detection, response and recovery.

Among the agencies represented at the center are the Navy, Coast Guard, National Police, Customs, Immigration, Fisheries, and Center of Transnational Crime.

The NCWC was created under a Philippine Executive Order to address threats to territorial integrity, as well as proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), piracy, armed robbery, terrorism, trafficking in persons, smuggling, illegal fishing, transnational crimes, national disaster response, climate change, and maritime environment degradation.

The NCWC will use a complex surveillance system that will eventually be implemented throughout the Philippine archipelago, and provide an integrated view of activities in the surrounding waters.  The system integrates the information from sensors, such as the radar and Automated Identification System (AIS) receivers, VHF and HF communications, and radiation detection and identification equipment.  This provides an overall view of maritime traffic. 

With this enhanced capability, the Philippine authorities will be better able to deter, detect, and interdict weapons of mass destruction and related materials transitioning through or near the Republic of the Philippines’ territorial waters.

In an effort to build partner nation capacity, the U.S. government, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), provided financing and oversight of the construction of the NCWC facility.  The U.S. government also contributed mission essential equipment for maritime surveillance and WMD detection to various agencies.  This is an example of how the long existing U.S.-Philippine alliance has contributed to the security of Asia for more than 60 years.


Like Us
Follow Us



U.S., India Launch First Tiger TRIUMPH Exercise
Sailors aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) man the rails as the ship pulls into Visakhapatnam, India as part of Tiger Triumph. Germantown, part of Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11, is deployed to the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.
Nov. 15, 2019 - VISAKHAPATNAM, India -- Indian and U.S. armed forces kicked off the inaugural Exercise Tiger TRIUMPH

Light, lean and agile: Pacific Air Forces Commander Visits Kadena Shoguns
U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, coins Airman 1st Class Tucker Heyduk, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron barrier maintenance technician, during a tour at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 12, 2019. During the tour, Brown coined Airmen from different units as a way of thanks and recognition of their superior performance.
Nov. 15, 2019 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, visited the mighty

Montgomery Operates with Royal Australian Navy in the South China Sea
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Montgomery
Nov. 15, 2019 - SOUTH CHINA SEA -- The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), Royal

354th Fighter Wing Airmen Develop, Test New F-35A Arctic Survival Kit
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Rumke, 66th Training Squadron, Detachment 1, Arctic Survival School instructor, tests an F-35A Lightning II survival gear kit in Fairbanks, Alaska, Nov. 5, 2019. Rumke sat in minus 65 degree temperatures for six hours to test the new gear that could be used to protect F-35 pilots from subzero temperatures in the event of an ejection.
Nov. 15, 2019 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- U.S. Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing tested a new arctic

Eleventh Air Force holds senior enlisted leaders workshop
The Eleventh Air Force holds a two-day workshop for its senior enlisted leaders and civilians at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 6, 2019. More than 40 attendees from Alaska, Hawaii and Guam discussed topics on resiliency and best practices in operating a wing.
Nov. 15, 2019 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON -- More than 40 senior enlisted leaders and civilians from across