Maritime Situational Awareness

Chinese militia vessels coming closer to Palawan

                    Several ships believed to be Chinese maritime militia were spotted by fishermen in Iroquois Reef in the West Philippine Sea in this photo taken in September. The military said an average of 25...

Smuggled cigarettes worth over P400M seized in Zamboanga City this year

              INQUIRER FILE PHOTO. ZAMBOANGA CITY, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR — Cigarette smuggling is getting to be a lucrative business in this city as the police and the navy report seizing from January to November more than P400 million...

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 5, 2022

USNI News Graphic These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Dec. 5, 2022, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated...

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Wraps 15-Month Repair Period, Five U.S. Aircraft Carriers Underway

Sailors aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) depart Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Dec. 1, 2022. US Navy Photo The second oldest carrier in the Navy wrapped sea trials after completing more than a year of repairs at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, USNI News has learned....

11 fishermen rescued in Zamboanga City

Authorities have rescued 11 fishermen on board a commercial fishing boat that capsized off the waters of Tictabon Island and Mampang in Zamboanga City on Wednesday, Nov. 30. A report from the PCG Station Zamboanga said they received a phone call from a resident of...
What exactly is MRIC?

By virtue of Headquarters Philippine Navy General Order Nr 442 dated 18 December 2008, the Maritime Research Information Center (MRIC) was activated effective 10 December 2008. The MRIC was established  to administer a nationwide system that will ensure linkages between the existing and future stations which will be established.

What does MRIC do?

“To administer the Philippine Navy Maritime Situational Awareness System (PNMSAS) formerly Coast Watch System and provide maritime information in order to support the Philippine Navy in the accomplishment of its mission.”

What is MSAC and what does it do?

The former Coast Watch Center (CWC) was renamed to Maritime Situation Awareness Center or MSAC effective 13 March 2013 pursuant to Headquarters Philippine Navy General Order Nr 123 dated 18 March 2013. The MSAC provides operational and central control over the Littoral Monitoring Stations (LMS) and Littoral Monitoring Detachments (LMD) in the specific area of responsibility (AOR) where such center is established. It will serve as a hub for all reports gathered from the surveillance and response operation of the LMS/LMD, PN Units, and other maritime agencies in its AOR.

What is LMS and what does it do?

The former Coast Watch Station (CWS) was renamed to Littoral Monitoring Stations or LMS effective 13 March 2013 pursuant to Headquarters Philippine Navy General Order Nr 123 dated 18 March 2013. The LMS is a fixed observation post conducting a 24-hour electronic and visual surveillance operations to monitor maritime violations, incidents and identify, track, record, and assist, as necessary, all vessels/craft transiting the Philippine maritime territories. The LMS is a unit of MSAC for operational control.

What is the PNMSAS and what is its role in territorial security?

The PNMSAS is a network of fixed observation posts, and operates as a naval station. The system of conducting a 24-hour electronic and visual surveillance, specifically at the identified strategic areas and choke points to monitor, detect, and report intrusions in the country’s territorial waters. From the security point of view, it provides the proverbial first line of defense, which is detection.


How can I contact MRIC?

Individuals who wish to raise, share or report a maritime issue or incident at MRIC, or simply wanting information on a specific maritime subject may contact the MRIC Inter-agency Desk, see the Contact Us page.