PH Navy seeks stronger naval ties with India

PH Navy seeks stronger naval ties with India

The dream to become once again the navy that it was in the 1960’s – respected, modern, and well equipped to fulfill its constitutional mandate, the Philippine Navy(PN) is hoping for a more stronger ties with the Indian Navy.
This following the assistance given by the Indian Navy to the repair of the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, whose engine on its way to Manila caught fire off Cochin, India last May 7.

PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said in his letter to Indian Navy chief-of-naval staff, Admiral Karambir Singh said, “Your support in this unfortunate incident is way beyond our expectations and is a testament of your sincerity in deepening our Navy-to-Navy partnership. Rest assured that the Philippine Navy remains committed to this partnership and we hope to expand this relationship as we seek better ways to make our seas safer and more secure for everyone.”
Naval Task Force (NTF) 82 onboard BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16) and BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) after their five-month deployment in the Middle East for humanitarian missions.
(photo credit to PH Navy)

BRP Alcaraz, one of the two ship components of Naval Task Force 82 that was deployed by the government to the Middel East last January for possible repatriation missions of our overseas Filipino workers following the tension caused by the Iran and the United States.
The fire in the engine room broke out last May 7, on it way home.
The navy vessel immediately returned to Cochin, India for repairs with BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) initially deciding to go home,but was forced t go back when cyclone Amphan battered eastern India and Bangladesh.

“We are likewise thankful for the airlift and one of our sailors to INHS Sanjivani Naval Hospital under the leadership of Surgeon Commodore MS Honwad for the treatment of his second-degree burns,” Bacordo said.
The PN FOIC also conveyed his thanksand appreciation to the Indian Navy's Southern Naval Command, which is under Vice Admiral AK Chawla, for being receptive to the entire PN contingent.
"Again, accept my sincerest thanks for the Indian Navy's invaluable assistance and allow me to convey my fervent wishes for your continuing success in leading the Indian Navy's sustained resolve to be a global maritime force," Bacordo said. 

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Report from PNA

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