Russian Navy welcomes PH Navy's largest ship

Russian Navy welcomes PH Navy's largest ship

A historic first for the Philippine Navy.

For the first time a Filipino warship BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), participated in the Russian Navy Day celebrations in Vladisvostok, Russia over the weekend.

Lt. Randy Garbo, Naval Task Group 80.5 public affairs officer, said Filipino sailors and marines also manned the rails of the strategic sealift vessel( SSV) to render honors to the passing ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet led by its head, Admiral Sergei Avakyants.

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The BRP Davao Del Sur was, led by Commander Homer Gonzales, was in a fleet review formation along with other participating naval ships. The naval parade is considered as among the highlights of the Russian Navy Day activities.

Navy Day is a holiday in Russia where they pay homage to the sailors in units of the Russian Navy.

Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad and his party, witnessed the main Russian Navy Day event in St. Petersburg.
"The PN’s active participation in this activity conveys the Command’s commitment to maintaining good diplomatic relations, rapport and cooperation in a regional maritime environment. It also provides our personnel and students onboard with hands-on training, competence and knowledge on naval customs and traditions," Garbo said.
The Philippine Navy participation was made possible because of the independent foreign policy of the Duterte administration.

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Report from PNA

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