The drone found off the coast of
Islet, Quezon last Jan. 4 belongs to the US Navy.
This was confirmed by the US Embassy in
, in a statement, Tuesday. Manila
"(The drone found) is an expended BQM-74E Aerial Target that was launched during naval exercise Valiant Shield 2014 which took place Sept. 15-23 in the waters off
The aerial target does not carry weapons and is not used for surveillance.
"The BQM-74E Aerial Target is used by surface ships and aircraft during exercises to help train our sailors in a realistic environment that provides the best possible training," the US Embassy said.
"During the exercise, all aerial operations were conducted in international airspace or with appropriate coordination and approval in
The drone was initially sighted by a barangay official of the locality but due to bad weather condition, they could not reach the area at once.
The drone is now under the custody Patnanungan Municipal Police Station.
It was the second incident involving the recovery of a US Navy drone in Philippine territory.
In January 2013, a similar aircraft was recovered by the Philippine Navy in Sitio Tacdugan, San Jacinto,