2 Indonesian Navy warships visit the Philippines

Two vessels in the service of Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut) berthed at Alava Pier, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City today for a goodwill visit to the Philippines that will conclude on Friday, October 18.

Bung Tomo-class corvette KRI (Kapal perang Republik Indonesia translated as Republic of Indonesia Warship) John Lie (358) and SIGMA-class corvette KRI Frans Kaisiepo (368) compose the TNI-AL Port Visit Task Force 2019 headed by First Adm. (Commodore) Rahmad Eko Raharjo, the commander of the Sea Combat Group. This task force of around 260 navy personnel is currently deployed to establish diplomatic relations and promote Indonesian culture and tourism.

The arriving warships were welcomed and escorted by Philippine Navy (PN) ship BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS35) in the vicinity of Morong, Bataan.PN delegation headed by the commander of Fleet-Marine Ready Force, Commo. Toribio Adaci Jr. received the visiting navy upon arrival at the port followed by a briefing related to security and health aboard one of the Indonesian ships.

The visiting navy personnel will engage their Filipino counterparts during confidence building activities such as shipboard tour, reciprocal receptions and friendly games.TNI-AL delegatesare also scheduled to render a courtesy call to the commander of Zambales-based Naval Education, Training and Doctrine Command, Rear Adm. Loumer Bernabe. A send-off ceremony with customary Passing Exercise (PASSEX) will cap off said visit.

Indonesia is among our ASEAN partner navies that the Philippines has annual collaborations in maritime realm such as the conduct of coordinated border maritime patrol dubbed as CORPAT PHILINDO and the PN-TNI Navy-to-Navy Cooperation Meeting.

It is the second goodwill visit of Indonesian Navy to the country this year following the arrival of their training ship KRI Bima Suci last August which once again a manifestation of sustained promotion of regional peace and stability and enhancement of maritime cooperation between the neighboring navies. PHILIPPINE NAVY