2 PHL Navy ships dock in India to haul face masks, repatriate stranded Filipino tourists

Philippine Navy (PN) vessels BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16) are now docked alongside in Cochin, India today, May 6, to pick up boxes of face masks donated by Mr. Paul Dantes of LegalZoc Co., a Filipino donor who source masks in India, in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense as the lead agency that consolidates donations to the national government.

The hauling process began shortly after they docked with strict adherence to stringent measures to ensure the safety of PN personnel in charge of the hauling which include wearing of PPEs and disinfection of the boxes prior loading. A total of 59 boxes constituting the initial 200 thousand out of one million pieces donated face masks were loaded to LD602.

These two vessels that sailed from Oman arrived in India on April 29 and stayed in the anchorage area while waiting for the assembly of donation at the port. They were accorded a simple welcome ceremony led by the chief staff officer for operations of Indias Southern Naval Command, Commo. Sanjay Nagar.

LD602 will also ferry home around 20 Filipino tourists who are stranded in India with the onset of COVID-19 pandemic. All of them have medical certificates clearing them from coronavirus infection but will still be put in isolation inside the vessel with 24-hour supervision by an onboard medical team.

LD602 and PS16 will immediately depart for the Philippines upon the completion of their mission in India and are expected to arrive within this month of May.

This mission does not only manifest the PNs resolve to support frontliners through transporting much needed PPEs especially from overseas but also demonstrate its capacity to provide assistance to our fellow Filipinos wherever they are in the world. NAVY.MIL.PH