South Korea welcomes PHL Navy’s largest ship for historic visit

From a just-concluded goodwill visit in Vladivostok, Russia, and three days at sea, Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) TARLAC (LD 601) carrying Philippine Navy contingent arrived in Jeju Island, South Korea at 8:30 in the evening (local time) of October 12, 2018 for another historic port visit in Korea.

Onboard LD601 is the 300-man Naval Task Force (NTF) 87 continent headed by the Capt Florante N Gagua PN (GSC). The contingent is composed of elements from the Naval Special Operations Group, Philippine Marine Corps, Technical and Administrative Services, Naval Reserve Command, and a Helicopter Detachment Afloat (HDA) from the Naval Air Group.

Upon its arrival, the ROK Navy counterparts warmly received the PN contingent at Cruise Pier, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. The Chief Of Staff of Naval Education and Training Group 8, Capt Cho Incheol generously welcomed the PN contingent. Immediately after the ceremony, key leaders of both navies proceeded to a briefing on board BRP Tarlac with Korean counterparts and exchanged pleasantries and messages of goodwill.

The Philippine Navy chief, Vice Admiral Robert A Empedrad AFP together with the Philippines Defense Armed Forces Attache, Capt Armil M Angeles PN(GSC) and other PN delegates are also present in the arrival ceremony. The FOIC, PN is currently in South Korea to attend the 2018 Western Pacific Naval Symposium being hosted by the ROK Navy.

After which a “Talk to Men” was conducted at the truck deck aboard LD 601. In his speech, VAdm Empedrad expressed his gratitude for all the accomplishments of the contingent during the historic port visit in Vladivostok, Russia. He is very confident that the overseas engagement such as this is a step towards achieving a world class navy, and to be at par with foreign counterparts.

The port visit, in conjunction with the WPNS 2018 ROK-hosted activity conveys the Command’s commitment in promoting multilateral cooperation. It aims to maintain and strengthen navy to navy relations, validate friendship and cooperative engagement with other countries navies. PHILIPPINE NAVY