US Army and Philippine Coast Guard conduct tactical combat casualty care training
Members of the U.S. Civil Military Support Element from the Philippines work with Philippine Coast Guard personnel during tactical combat casualty care training October 21-24.
Manila, October 28, 2021 – From October 21 to 24, the Civilian Military Support Element-Philippines (CMSE-PHL) provided tactical combat casualty care training with officers and crew from BRP Gabriela Silang of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG ) and doctors from the PCG Nursing Corps.
The training was designed to reflect the real medical situations likely to be encountered by the crew of the BRP Gabriela Silang and ended with an exercise designed to reproduce a real maritime law enforcement boarding operation.
The scenario students boarded a suspicious ship, received a mock victim during their search, and carried out medical treatment and evacuation to the BRP Gabriela Silang. Maritime law enforcement boarding operations are generally carried out by the PCG as part of its maritime security functions.
“Whether it’s helping the people of Palawan with COVID-19 relief or medical training that will help us save lives, our important and enduring partnership with CMSE Philippines has been one of our strongest ties. more valuable, ”said Cdr. Rolando Lorenzana, Commander of BRP Gabriela Silang.
Training enhanced the medical capabilities of the crew of BRP Gabriela Silang while working in a wide range of environments during maritime operations. It was also designed to enhance the ability of the PCG to respond to maritime security and search and rescue operations.
“Every opportunity given to us to train with the Philippine Coast Guard becomes a learning experience for our entire team,” said Staff Sgt. Brandon Gonzalez, CMSE-PHL medical sergeant. “The level of professionalism and dedication to their unique skills is something we have continually witnessed, which makes us eager to further engage and expand our combined capabilities together. “
This training partnership exemplifies the close relationship between friends, partners and allies of the United States and the Philippines in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region by strengthening maritime law enforcement and research capabilities and maritime rescue.