WE HAVE REPORTED THIS VESSEL BASED ON PRESS REPORTS PREVIOUSLY AS THE SANTA MARIA, THIS LATEST INFORMATION FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE, THE PHILIPPINE STAR CALLS THE VESSEL THE SIERRA MADRE ,REGARDLESS WE KNOW WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PHILIPPINE NAVAL VESSEL AGROUND ON
AYUNGIN SHOAL WITH A SQUAD OF PHILIPPINE MARINES ON BOARD AND CHINESE COAST GUARD VESSELS CIRCLING LIKE SHARKS.
Photo of Chinese Coast Guard vessel taken from a Japanese Coast Guard vessel in waters under Japanese jurisdiction. Philippine waters aren't the only sovereign waters where the Dragon now feels at home.
HERE IS THE LATEST FROM THE PHILIPPINE STAR:
"PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan, Philippines – China has deployed five vessels – a survey ship, a frigate and three surveillance vessels – close to Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.
A Philippine Air Force (PAF) Nomad plane saw the Chinese deployment while delivering provisions to the Marine troops on the BRP Sierra Madre at Ayungin Shoal.
The STAR joined yesterday’s airdrop operations and saw several Chinese ships in the area.
The Chinese vessels include two surveillance ships with Bow No. 3111 and 3102; XiangYonghong 10, a survey ship; a Jianghu-V Class frigate, and one unmarked white ship from their forward naval station at Panganiban Reef.
Last March, two Chinese surveillance ships tried to block the troop rotation and provisioning operations at Ayungin. The bow numbers of the two vessels are different from those that were sighted in the area yesterday morning.