THE SIERRA MADRE WITH A
HANDFUL OF PHILIPPINE MARINES
ABOARD STANDS ALONE AGAINST
THE CIRCLING CHINESE COAST
GUARD. THE SHIP HAS STOOD
GUARD OVER AYUNGIN SHOAL
SINCE 1999. Yahoo News Philippines
|Philippine Navy Photo: The Sierra Madre as an air drop resupply target. Obviously air drop resupply potential is very limited.|
reality. A lightly used "Elevating work boat" could be secured from Louisiana and sent to the Philippines to be commissioned into the Philippine Navy. It could steam out to Ayungin whenever aerial surveillance indicates a light Chinese Coast Guard presence and "jack up" next to the hulk of the Sierra Made, providing new and more comfortable quarters for the Marines. The hulk could then be filled with soil over time and transformed into a garden making for a virtually self sufficient human population on the shoal, a factor in international law that is never ignored.
Yahoo News Philippines has the story
"Amid disputes in the West Philippine Sea, a dilapidated ship occupied by a handful of Marines seems to be the only thing that stands between the Philippines and China.
"BRP Sierra Madre, a warship the Philippines deliberately ran aground the Ayungin Shoal in 1999, serves as a failing reminder of the Philippine claim on disputed seas."
An online community called “It’s No Fun in Pag-asa” is leading efforts aimed at boosting the morale of military men stationed in the border with China, as well as residents there.
The same group, led by activist Carlos Celdran is now pushing for the conversion of BRP Sierra Madre into a garden—possibly one where Marines can grow vegetables."
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Some of our previous posts on the situation at Ayungin & the Spratly Islands
China attempts to regulate fishing over the entire South China Sea, including the territorial waters of neighboring states.