BRP Ivatan (AT-298), a former Balikpapan-class heavy landing craft of the Royal Australian Navy, has made a historic dock at Pag-asa Island, Kalayaan Island Group.
This was revealed by Philippine Navy Naval Forces West (NFW) as reported by Manila Bulletin, May 19.
The said Navy vessel docked at the almost completed port at Pag-asa Island.
NFW commander Commodore Renato David said the docking happened May 13 as part of the troops rotation and reprovisioning (RORE) mission at different Philippine military detachments in West Philippine Sea.
Commodore David said BRP Ivatan “successfully conducted its task as a platform of NFW’s mission team for the rotation of troops in Pagasa detachment and delivery of the necessary supplies and goods for consumption of the sailors and marines assigned in the area for security purposes.”
National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana previously said that the construction of the beaching ramp was affected by bad weather hindering the contractor to bring in construction equipment.
Secretary Lorenzana also said that when the beaching ramp is completed, construction materials and equipment can be delivered for the repair of the airstrip in Pag-asa Island.