PH Navy ships deployed for Mideast repatriation to refuel in Sri Lanka

PH Navy ships deployed for Mideast repatriation to refuel in Sri Lanka




The two Philippine Navy (PN) warships - Strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and its escort BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) will be having a stop over in Sri Lanka before proceeding to the Middle East to assist in the repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).



"They are now in the Strait of Malacca (in Malaysia). Per plan, they will refuel in Sri Lanka before heading for Oman," Philippine Navy (PN) public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said.



The Philippine Navy expects the two vessels to be in Sri Lanka by January 26 or 27 and will head for Oman after refueling.

Strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and its escort BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16)
(photo credit PNA)


It was revealed by none other Philippine Navy flag-in-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedradthe entire voyage to the Middle East will last around 16 to 22 days.



Empedrad also added that the vessels will be docking at a safe port in that region.

Empedrad also instructed the PN contingent to be "alert and safe" and that the safety of the crew and the ship(s) is always paramount at all times.


Also, the PN chief said that they are making the necessary coordination for refueling, reprovisioning and docking during the course of the mission.








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Report from PNA

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