Philippine Navy’s landing platform dock BRP Davao del Sur (LD602) continued its voyage back to the Philippines from Cochin, India around 2 pm of May 9, the Philippine Navy said.
BRP Davao del Sur is part of 2-vessel Naval Task Force (NTF) 82 that was sent to the Middle East to provide standby assistance for Filipinos, and was later sent to India to bring home 18 Filipino tourists and donated medical supplies.
However, shortly after starting voyage to Manila on May 8, offshore patrol vessel BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16) suffered an engine room fire incident. PS16 was forced to remain in India for repairs.
“LD602 continued its voyage back to the Philippines around 2 pm of May 9 with Filipino repatriates and 200,000 pieces of donated face masks. LD602 is expected to arrive at Manila South Harbor on May 23,” the Philippine Navy said.
Philippine Navy also noted that PS16’s “extended stay at port for the repair also provides ample time for the recovery of injured sailors, and to complete the hauling of the remaining 800 thousand pieces of donated facemasks.”