RAW: USS Coronado takes part in joint drills with Philippines Navy

Courtesy: US Navy

The USS Coronado joined a Philippines naval frigate, the Ramon Alcaraz, for a combined patrol in the Sulu Sea on Saturday amid rising fears that local Islamist cells may use maritime routes.  The naval patrols were conducted at Manila’s invitation. In 2016, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte halted joint patrols with the US in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China. The Sulu Sea is separated from the disputed waters by the Philippines’ archipelagic province of Palawan, however.