Russian Navy welcomes PHL’s largest ship

One of the Philippine Navy’s largest ship, the landing platform dock BRP Tarlac (LD-601) was welcomed by the Russian Navy on October 1 in Vladivostok, Russia for a historic visit.

The Philippine Navy delegation is headed by the Naval Task Force 87 Commander, Captain Florante N. Gagua PN (GSC).

The Philippine Navy said it is well-represented onboard the vessel carrying elements from the Naval Special Operations Group, Philippine Marine Corps, Technical and Administrative Service, Naval Reserve Command, a Helicopter Detachment Afloat (HDA) from the Naval Air Group, and from other navy units.

The Philippine Navy Russian ladies gave flowers and bread with salt to Captain Gagua as part of their tradition in welcoming guests.

“Present also were Russian Navy officers who warmly welcomed the Naval Task Force 87 contingents. Further, the Philippine Ambassador to Russia, His Excellency Ambassador Carlos Sorreta and Defense Armed Forces Attache Col Dennis Francis V Pastor were also present to welcome the PN contingent,” the Philippine Navy said.

Captain Gagua expressed his sincerest gratitude to the Russian Government and to the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Korolev for the warm welcome accorded to the Philippine Navy contingent.

He also thanked Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Flag Officer-In-Command, Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Robert A Empedrad for trusting him to lead the Navy contingent in this historic engagement in Russia.

“This and similar activities are great platforms for the PN to work closer together with other countries’ navy to address common maritime security concerns, as well as avenues to learn from and enhance relations with navies such as the Russian Navy,” Philippine Navy said. “The Philippine Navy endeavors to further enhance and sustain the promotion of peace, stability, and maritime cooperation through navy-to-navy engagements.”