United States Navy Naval Sea Systems Command (USNAVSEA) experts and logistics will be available Philippine Navy’s BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) in Subic, Zambales, the Philippine Navy said May 27.
“The unavailability of flights due to the pandemic situation hindered the transport of material support from the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), however, their subject matter experts and needed logistics will be available once PS16 arrives in Subic,” tge Navy said.
BRP Ramon Alcaraz encountered an engine room fire on May 7 shortly after in departed Cochin, India for Manila. The incident forced the Philippine Navy ship to return and stay for repair.
“The Philippines existing defense cooperation with India paved the way for the latters navy to provide expertise and assistance to our PN personnel, leading up to the restoration of the ships main propulsion, generators, auxiliary systems and other essential equipment,” the Navy said.
PS-15 is now at sea with BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) en route to Manila.
“The two Philippine Navy vessels will make a brief stop at the Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka on May 29 to repatriate 12 more Filipino tourists and overseas workers stranded due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will join the 19 repatriates from India in separate rooms inside LD602 with 24-hour monitoring by an onboard medical team,” the Navy added.
The Navy noted that “this journey has truly magnified the resiliency and determination of our personnel amid these turbulent times, that no matter what obstacles are faced along the way, they will carry on with the mission, which becomes even more worthy as NTF 82 aims to bring home safely displaced Filipinos and face masks essential to our efforts against the coronavirus disease.”