PHL Navy chief attends Russian Navy Day celebration in St. Petersburg

Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad attended the Russian Navy Day celebration in St. Petersburg today, July 28 which was led by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Among the celebration’s highlights is the naval parade along Neva River where around 40 vessels and around 40 aircraft took part. Chinese Navy destroyer Xiang and frigate Tarkash of the Indian Navy joined the parade.

Naval parades were also held in different parts of Russia.

In Vladivostok, Philippine Navy Tarlac-class landing platform dock BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) participated in naval parade hosted by Russian Pacific Fleet.

Aboard BRP Davao del Sur is Naval Task Group (NTG) 80.5 composed of 300-man naval contingent.

The Philippine Navy said this visit is historic as this is the first time that the Philippine Navy will participate in the Russian Naval Day.

The Philippine Navy added that the Filipino contingent will also conduct various confidence-building activities with Russian counterparts such as courtesy calls, professional exchanges, goodwill games, reciprocal hosted reception, open house for the Philippine Community and tour to fleet and submarine museums.

BRP Davao del Sur’s visit to Vladivostok is also “a reciprocation of several port visits to the Philippines by various Russian Navy vessels in the recent years which greatly contribute to the development of diplomatic relations between the two countries,” Philippine naval contingent Capt. Richard Gonzaga said.