Together with other multinational security force professionals from the Czech Republic, Germany, Suriname, Serbia and Singapore, select Philippine Navy personnel from the Philippine Marine Corps and Naval Special Operations Command attended the Patrol Craft Officer-Riverine course from the U.S. Navy’s Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) at the John C Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The students are participating in a seven-week Patrol Craft Officer-Riverine (PCOR) course that is designed to provide Foreign Security Force personnel with the specialized training necessary to plan and safely execute patrol craft security actions in a riverine environment.
PCO-R course is a seven-week course of instruction designed to provide Foreign Security Force personnel with the specialized training necessary to effectively plan and safely execute patrol craft security actions supporting the interdiction of illicit contraband, counter-narcotic/counter-terrorism operations, and waterborne special operations in the riverine environment. This course is designed for junior officers and enlisted personnel. In addition to the general prerequisites, students should be familiar with small craft operations and be in good physical condition. NAVSCIATTS will issue all students the necessary safety and training equipment required for this course. Students are required to bring a set of boots and at least two sets of camouflaged utilities.
NAVSCIATTS trains and educates foreign Special Operations Forces, Combat Support forces, and Combat Service Support forces across the tactical, operational, and strategic spectrums through in-residence and Mobile Training Team Courses of Instruction; and serves as USSOCOM’s premier Security Force Assistance training asset. More than 13,000 students from more than 120 Partner Nations have trained with this Naval Special Warfare command since 1963. NAVSCIATTS Courses of Instruction include operations, repairs, sustainment of craft, communications, weapons, small unit tactics, UAS, as well as Partner Nation instructor development for all of the aforementioned courses. While the name implies, “naval” and “small craft,” many of the current courses apply to any security force.