Maritime Situational Awareness

MMEA intercepts Vietnamese fishing boat off Kudat, six detained

KOTA KINABALU: Maritime authorities have detained six crewmen of a Vietnamese vessel that was found to have intruded Malaysian waters off Sabah’s northern Kudat district. The fishing boat was spotted by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) about 101...

China’s actions in Taiwan Strait may extend to South China Sea disputes

United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's controversial visit to Taiwan last month dominated headlines for its potential ramification on cross-strait relations. In response, China carried out the largest-ever military exercises in the Taiwan Strait, ushering in what...

China develops extra-large underwater drones

Besides aerial unmanned vehicles (UAVs), or drones, China has also been developing submersibles, both manned and unmanned, which are easily applicable for military use. A new report in Naval News, a publication focused on global naval developments, said the People’s...

US aircraft carrier heading to South Korea for joint drills

  US-South Korean military exercises come after North Korea declared its nuclear programme ‘irreversible’. A United States aircraft carrier will visit South Korea for the first time since 2018 for joint military drills later this week, amid growing concerns over North...

Biden says US forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion

WASHINGTON: United States President Joe Biden said US forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, his most explicit statement so far on the issue, something sure to anger Beijing. Asked in a CBS 60 Minutes interview broadcast on Sunday (Sep 18)...
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.