By Francis Wakefield
The two Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPB) of the Royal Australian Navy arrived on Wednesday at Captain Veloso Pier in Naval Forces Central for logistic fill up and crew respite before they resume joint patrols in the Sulu Sea.
Ensign Maria Amanda Precious R. Zamuco, Public Affairs Officer of Naval Forces Central, said the two ships were received with arrival honors consistent with military custom and tradition, with the Commander of Naval Base Rafael Ramos – Naval Installation Facility, Captain Robeline R. Carpio and other Philippine Navy officers, present.
Zamuco said joint PN-RAN patrols commenced in Zamboanga City last November 10, 2017, with the participation of two Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPB) Her Majesty Australian (HMA) Ships Larrakia and Maitland.
During their visit in Cebu, RAN officers rendered their courtesy call to the Commander of Naval Forces Central, Commodore Loumer P. Bernabe and the Deputy Commander of Naval Forces Central, Captain Renato P. David.
This was immediately followed by security briefing aboard the RAN vessels.
Zamuco said an open house or ship’s tour will be conducted on Thursday, November 23, 2017.
“To maximize learning opportunities of the Philippine Navy personnel, a Subject Matter Expertise Exchange (SMEE) will be held aboard stated vessels and it will include topics regarding Safety and Ship’s Maintenance, Best Practices and Crew Welfare,” she said.
Zamuco said the Philippine Navy, through Naval Forces Central, made necessary preparations in order to ensure the conduct of the PN-RAN maritime engagement in NFC AOR.
In addition, Naval Forces Central ensured the security and safety of the visiting foreign Navy all throughout the duration of their visit.
“The conduct of the PN-RAN maritime engagement in Naval Forces Central Area of Responsibility will promote camaraderie between the two navies. Since this is a joint maritime security exercise, both the Philippine and the Royal Australian Navy, this will be an opportunity for strengthening the bonds and for learning about the best practices and the culture in between the two navies,” Zumico said.
“This is part of the enhanced defense cooperation between the two countries,” she said.
The Royal Australian Navy vessels are expected to resume their joint patrols in the Sulu Sea on November 26, 2017 and send-off honors will be rendered by the Naval Forces Central personnel.
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