The Puerto Princesa, Palawan-based Western Command (Wescom) has announced the completion of its resupply mission for troops aboard the BRP Sierra Madre (LS-57) which has been serving as the country’s offshore outpost at the Ayungin Shoal last August.
The mission was carried out by the civilian vessel Unaiza May.
“Carrying an assortment of food and clothing, as well as maintenance and repair equipment necessary to maintain the safety of the ship, the civilian boat M/V Unaiza May was able to follow its voyage plan, enter the shoal safely, freely unload its cargo, and exit the shoal without any untoward incident,” the Wescom said in a Facebook post late Wednesday night.
Unaiza May brought supplies and materials needed by the troops aboard the stranded BRP Sierra Madre.
“I am very pleased with the smooth conduct of our re-supply run to Ayungin Shoal. We hope that we can sustain this effort aimed at promoting harmonious relations in the West Philippine Sea among claimant countries,” Wescom chief Vice Adm. Alberto Carlos said in the same post.
He also said these resupply missions will continue to uplift the morale and welfare of Filipino troops manning the outpost.
“We must ensure our continuing support to the morale and welfare of our troops. Standing watch on distant and isolated islands is one of the most difficult duties a soldier can endure. The least we can do is to ensure sustained support to their requirements,” Carlos said.
The Wescom has significantly improved its support for the conduct of supply missions not only to BRP Sierra Madre, but also to all troops stationed Philippine-held Islands in the West Philippine Sea.