Philippine Navy’s 2-vessel contingent sails home from India

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The Naval Task Force (NTF) 82 led by Marine Col Noel Beleran onboard BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16) departed Cochin, India on Thursday, May 7 for Manila upon accomplishment of its mission in India.

NTF 82 is ferrying home 200 thousand pieces of donated face masks for th governments fight against COVID-19 and 18 Filipino tourist repatriates who were stranded in India due to the pandemic. They are expected to arrive in the Philippines last week of this month.

Amid the coronavirus scare, the PN medical team, equipped with proper PPEs, carefully executed the onboarding process of these repatriates which began with the disinfection of their belongings, thermal scanning and taking of vital signs. They were pre-determined to be coronavirus negative but still contained in a separate portion of LD602 under constant monitoring of medical personnel.

This repatriation was in coordination with our defense and armed forces attaché and representatives from the Philippine Embassy in India.

One of the repatriates extolled the accommodation given by this “military ship” where “everything is just excellent from the medical check up procedure to diet considerations… [to] respectful crew… [and] clean facilities”. She thanked all involved for making “this repatriation possible and even comfortable”.

The PN takes pride in this kind of mission that gives opportunity for its personnel and assets to be in the service of the Filipino people and support of the government especially in this time of crisis. NAVY.MIL.PH