Philippine Navy’s Jacinto-class patrol ship BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS36) rendered traditional passing honors to the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) ships Chungmugong Yi Sun-shin class destroyer ROKS Munmu The Great (DDH 976) and Fast Combat Support Ship ROKS Hwacheon (AOE 59) at the vicinity of Corregidor Island during their three-day goodwill visit to the Philippines from September 2 to 4, the Philippine Fleet said.
“This interaction between South Korean and Philippine navies is expected to further strengthen the already strong ties between the two nations which can be traced back to 1949 when the Philippines became the fifth country to recognize the Republic of Korea, and during the Korean War in 1950s when the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea was deployed for the defense of ROK,” the Philippine Navy said regarding the goodwill visit.
“Today, ROKN is among the key defense partners of the PN as the latter looks to boost and modernize its capabilities,” the Philippine Navy added.
The ROKN ships are in a 143-day cruise training to visit over ten countries. The Korean Navy Cruise Training Task Group was sent off August 28 at the port of Jinhae in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province.