The Philippine Navy sent off the landing dock, BRP Tarlac (LD601) under the Sealift Amphibious Force of the Philippine Fleet at Pier 15 here today, November 17 for humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) mission to Catanduanes province that was recently battered by two typhoons in just a matter of one week.
Secretary of National Defense (SND) Delfin Lorenzana oversaw the send-off of LD601 carrying around 240 tons of assorted relief goods and construction materials from different government agencies, non-government organizations, and private individuals. Joining the SND were the fleet commander, Rear Adm. Loumer Bernabe, who represented the PN flag officer in command, AFP chief of staff representative Rear Adm. Erick Kagaoan, the AFP deputy chief of staff, and executives from the Office of Civil Defense, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and Department of Social Welfare and Development.
LD601 is also carrying heavy equipment, trucks and trailers from Naval Combat Engineering Brigade and Marine Battalion Landing Team 9 for clearing operations and rehabilitation efforts.
The SND in his remarks conveyed to the departing troops “the gratitude of the commander-in-chief, President Rodrigo Duterte and extended the feeling of pride of the One Defense Team, to our officers and enlisted personnel of the [AFP] who have been at the forefront of saving lives in almost all areas devastated by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses”.
“Kaya naman bilang inyong kalihim ng Tanggulang Pambansa, tinitiyak ko sa inyo ang buong suporta ng kagawaran para sa inyong modernisasyon. We shall vigorously provide our Navy with assets for a better, more efficient, and prompt humanitarian assistance to our fellow Filipinos in dire times”, added Lorenzana.
LD601, skippered by Navy Capt. Norman Mutia, is one of the two largest vessels of the PN programmed as military sealift and transport vessels. It is a critical asset for civil-military operations and HADR due to its capability of transporting a large number of personnel, logistics, and supplies.
This deployment demonstrates how the Navy’s modern assets bolster the organizations readiness and commitment to providing prompt assistance to our disaster-stricken fellow Filipinos to alleviate them from their current ordeals. NAVY.MIL.PH