Indonesian Navy training sailing ship in Philippines

KRI BimaSuci (945) of the Indonesian Navy or TentaraNasioanal Indonesia AngkatanLaut (TNI-AL) berthed at Pier 15 here today, commencing a four-day goodwill visit to the Philippines.

KRI BimaSuci is a training sailing ship for the Indonesian Naval Academy. It is skippered by Commander (Cdr.) WidiyatmokoBarunoAji and carries about a hundred naval cadets and crew.

Philippine Navy (PN) delegation headed by the Assistant Chief of Fleet Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs, Cdr. Gary D. Tafalla, accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival followed by a port briefing related to health and security aboard the Indonesian Navy vessel.

Cdr. WidiyatmokoBarunoAji is scheduled to pay a courtesy call to the Navy Chief, Vice Adm. Robert A. Empedrad. Also, series of confidence building engagements between PN and TNI-AL personnel are lined up such as goodwill games, shipboard tour, reciprocal receptions and educational tour of visiting naval cadets at Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City.

Built in Vigo, Spain, KRI BimaSuci was officially handed over from Spain to Indonesia on 12 September 2017.KRI BimaSuci replaced its legendary KRI Dewaruci ship that has been operating since 1953. She took its maiden voyage last December 2017 and took her tour to countries in East Asia such as China, South Korea, Russia, Japan, Philippines and Bitung, Indonesia prior returning to its base in Surabaya.

The visit will cap off with a send-off ceremony also at Pier 15 to be followed by customary passing exercise (PASSEX).

This goodwill visit reaffirms and further strengthens the already strong relationship between the two navies, which has been playing important role in maintaining maritime peace and security in the region. PHILIPPINE NAVY