The Philippine Navy’s Tarlac-class BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) was welcomed in Vladivostok, Russia today, July 27 by the Russian Navy. Tarlac-class is a ship class of two landing platform docks currently the largest ships in Philippine Navy service.
The Philippine Navy ship will be participating in the naval parade and fleet review hosted by the Russian Pacific Fleet as part of Russian Navy Day on July 28.
Aboard BRP Davao del Sur is Naval Task Group (NTG) 80.5 composed of 300-man naval contingent. Also onboard is one helicopter detachment consisting of an AW-109 AgustaWestland with its flight crew and maintenance personnel.
“It marks another historic visit in Vladivostok of a Navy ship as this is the first time that the Philippines will participate in the Russian Naval Day,” said NTG 80.5 commander Captain Richard Gonzaga.
Aside from from participating in the naval parade, the Philippine contingent will also engage in 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.
The Philippine Navy also sees this mission to Russia as manifestation of commitment in promoting naval diplomacy, and its capability of sustaining operations across the deep waters of open oceans.