Philippine Navy (PN) ships BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16) carrying the Naval Task Force (NTF) 82 contingent, arrived in Muscat, Oman at Sultan Qaboos Port late afternoon of February 05, Wednesday to help in the repatriation of OFWs affected by the tensions in the Middle East.
Head of mission Marine Col. Noel Beleran, along with LD602 and PS16 commanding officers paid courtesy call to the Philippine envoy to Oman, Ambassador Narciso Castañeda.
The two navy vessels will serve as a sea-based platform for the government to process and facilitate the repatriation of displaced OFWs. Specifics and other details about the repatriation are expected to be finalized after the scheduled joint AFP-PNP command conference to be presided by the Commander-In-Chief, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Malacañang on which NTF 82 will take part via video teleconferencing together with Amb. Castañeda.
In his statement, Col. Beleranavered that the navy contingent are “all safe and sound” upon arriving in Oman. He said, ” the troops are very happy and in high spirits since this event serves as another milestone for our Navy that we can already transcend across the deep waters of Indian ocean or the Arabian Sea.”
He assured that the embarked sailors and marines “are ready to assist and support the government effort in repatriating our unsung heroes, the OFWs in this Middle East conflict.”
The arrival of the PN contingent in Oman signified the tangible means of the government effort to ensure that our kababayan will be send back safe to the Philippines. It further showcased the preparedness of the navy ships that are now capable to perform overseas deployment. NAVY.MIL.PH