“Philippines Says China Ship Used Laser Against Coast Guard” –Real Clear Defense

RealClearDefense reports,

 “The Philippines on Monday accused a Chinese coast guard ship of hitting a Philippine coast guard vessel with a military-grade laser and temporarily blinding some of its crew in the disputed South China Sea, calling it a “blatant” violation of Manila’s sovereign rights.”

The incident occurred near Second Thomas Shoal, as the Philippine cutter BRP Malapascua was escorting a resupply mission to the BRP Sierra Madre, a Philippine LST deliberately, permanently grounded on Second Thomas Shoal. (Video here). Apparently the resupply effort was turned back.

Philippine CG statement on the incident here.

None of the Philippine Coast Guard cutters seem to be armed with anything larger than a .50 cal. machine gun, so they are at a disadvantage in facing down a large China CG cutter armed with a 76 mm gun, like the one in the photo above.

3 thoughts on ““Philippines Says China Ship Used Laser Against Coast Guard” –Real Clear Defense

  1. Maybe the Philippine Coast Guard needs to face the Reality that they are outgunned by the Chinese Coast Guard and they should consider upgunning themselves to 76mm Gun.

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