2 SoKor naval ships in PH for 3-day goodwill visit

2 SoKor naval ships in PH for 3-day goodwill visit

The Philippines and South Korea is celebrating its 70th anniversary with respect to the establishment of diplomatic ties.

Coinciding with the said momentous event is the arrival of South Korea’s two navy vessels namely the destroyer Munmu the Great (DDH-976) and fast combat support ship Hwacheon (AOE-59) in Pier 15, Manila South Harbor, for a three-day goodwill visit to the Philippines.

Lt. Cmdr. Maria Christina A. Roxas, PN acting director for public affairs, said these naval ships are part of the ROKN Cruise Training Task Group comprised of more than 600 Navy personnel and around 100 cadets headed by its commander, Rear Admiral Yang Min Soo.

A crew of the Republic of Korea Navy stands on the deck of the destroyer MunmuThe Great (DDH-11) that is docked at the Port of Manila for a three day visit.
(photo credit to owner)

Off Corregidor island the two South Korean Navy vessels were accorded the customary meeting point procedure by BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS-36) which later escorted them to their berthing place at the Manila South Harbor.

“[The] presence of these two Korea Navy vessels and its contingent underscores the continuing efforts of the Philippines and Korea to strengthen the relationship between our governments and navies," commander of the Littoral Combat Force of the Philippine Fleet, Commodore Rey dela Cruz, said.

Rear Admiral Yang Min Soo thanked the PN for welcoming the Cruise Training Task Group and he recognized the Philippines act then as the “first to dispatch ground forces to support the Republic of Korea during the Korean War”.

“ROKN will forever remember the noble sacrifice of Philippine forces… [the goodwill visit will be the] time to commemorate the war veterans and enhance exchange cooperation with the Philippine Navy,” Yang added.
This interaction between South Korean and Philippine navies is expected to further strengthen the already strong ties between the two nations which can be traced back to 1949 when the Philippines became the fifth country to recognize the Republic of Korea, and during the Korean War in 1950s when the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea was deployed for the defense of ROK.

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Report from PNA

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