Russian, Philippine navies aim for stronger partnership

Three Russian Navy ships are currently in the Philippines to foster strong relationship with the Philippine Navy.

“The visit aims to strengthen the relationship between the two navies. It will further enhance and sustain the promotion of peace, stability, and maritime cooperation of the two countries through naval diplomacy and camaraderie,” the Philippine Navy said on the day of three Russian Navy ships’ arrival.

Anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, guided-missile cruiser Varyag, and large sea tanker Boris Botuma will be staying in Manila until January 11.

The Philippine Navy said that like the Russian Navy’s previous visits, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at Rizal monument after their arrival and pay courtesy call to Philippine Navy chief.

“Series of confidence building activities with their PN counterparts will be conducted such as reciprocal reception, goodwill games followed by a boodle fight and shipboard tour that is also open for civilians. A send-off ceremony with customary Passing Exercise (PASSEX) will cap off their visit,” it added.