Indonesian Navy training ship arrives in PHL

Indonesian Navy training ship KRI Bima Suci (945) arrive today for a four-day goodwill visit. The Philippine Navy welcomed the ship with 15 officers, 74 crew members, 18 training staff, and 83 Indonesian cadets.

Executive Officer of the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Civil Military Operations, N7, Commander Jeffrey A Magbanua led the welcoming team of Philippine Navy. The Indonesian Navy’s head of delegation is Lieutenant Colonel Waluyo.

“This cooperation is part of the Indonesia commitments to participate in maintaining security in the Southeast Asia which focus on capability building in supporting the peace missions and maintaining borders maritime securities,” Lieutenant Colonel Waluyo said.

Commander Magbanua expressed that this activity is a continuing effort between the two navies in strengthening the relationship both the government and its navies.

According to Philippine Navy, the Indonesian delegation will pay a courtesy call to the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad.

“Likewise, series of confidence building engagements between the two navies are lined up such as reciprocal receptions, goodwill games and shipboard tour,” the Navy said.

“This goodwill visit reaffirms and further strengthens the already strong relationship between the two navies. It fortifies the PN’s firm commitment of maintaining good relationship with other foreign navies,” it added.