BRP Ramon Alcaraz, BRP Davao del Sur hold exercise off Palawan en route to Middle East

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Offshore patrol vessel BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) and strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) conducted ship to shore movement exercise in waters of Palawan en route to Middle East, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said January 17.

The two Philippine Navy vessels were sent to help repatriate Filipinos affected by tension between United States and Iran.

AFP said Naval Task Group 82 conducted ship to shore movement exercise, preparing for cases where the two vessels were unable to dock in ports.

“In the exercise, personnel of BRP Ramon Alcaraz and their belongings were transferred to BRP Davao Del Sur using their rigid-hulled inflatable boat while sailing towards the Middle East,” AFP said.

According to AFP, the activity showed the military maintains the efficiency of its troops and continues to train and exercise every scenario that the Joint Task Force Pag-Pauli may encounter along the fulfillment of its mission, which is to assist the Government in bringing the Filipinos back home safe.

“It also manifested the capabilities and readiness of the AFP not only in combat and wartime but also in peacetime especially in the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response not only within the territory of the Philippines but also in international domain,” AFP said.