PH Navy ships on historical stop in Sri Lanka

PH Navy ships on historical stop in Sri Lanka




The two Philippine Navy (PN) ships BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16) and BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) made another milestone in Philippine Naval history as the two vessels made historic stop at the East Container Terminal in The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, January 26, for a 3 day goodwill visit.



The Naval Task Force 82 “OplanPagbabalik” contingent was deployed and bound for Middle East to help in the repatriation of OFWs affected by the looming tensions there when the US bombed Iran and killed an influential Iranian general. 



The layover was intended not only for the refuel  but the Sri Lankan Navy desired to host it as official visit as it was the first time for Philippine Navy vessels and personnel to pass by this territory and traverse the Indian Ocean.

BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) at the East Container Terminal in The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
(photo credit to Sri Lanka Navy FB Page)


The goodwill visit is a milestone as regards the Philippine- Sri Lanka relations  that was established in 1961.

It should be noted that the historic sail of the two PN vessels validates the status that our Navy is now capable to sustain operations across the open oceans.


The AFP Joint Task Force, “Pagpauli.”




President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the the send off ceremony for over 400 sailors aboard BRP Davao del Sur (LD 6020) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS 16) in what he described as a “sacred mission.”

BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16) at the East Container Terminal in The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
(photo credit to Sri Lanka Navy FB Page)


“This is a sacred mission and it is really to safeguard the lives of the Filipino people. I tasked you this duty with a prayer and with a hope that you will carry out your mission successfully and that everybody will be safe,” President Duterte told the members of the joint task force.

“The national interest of the Republic of the Philippines in the Middle East are the lives of more than three million Filipinos. That is not a joke. It runs into millions, men, women, and their families, and their children,” the President noted.









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