Royal Australian Navy arrives in Cebu
Two Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPB) of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) arrived in Cebu on Wednesday to resume joint maritime patrol training with the Philippine Navy (PN) in the Sulu Sea on Sunday.
The vessels arrived at the Captain Veloso Pier in Naval Forces Central for logistic fill up and crew respite before they resume joint patrols. Capt. Robeline Carpi, the Commander of Naval Base Rafael Ramos – Naval Installation Facility and other PN officers, led in the arrival honors.
According to the Australian Navy, ACPBs are highly capable and versatile warships which can conduct a wide variety of missions and tasks
The Joint PN-RAN patrols began in Zamboanga City on November 10, 2017, with the participation of Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPB) – Her Majesty Australian Ships (HMAS) Larrakia and Maitland.
The Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), an agreement signed by 21 countries, including the Philippines and Australia, provides for the training of navies to limit the occurrence of incidents at sea and prevents the escalation of tensions between navies in agreement.
During their visit to Cebu, RAN officers will pay a courtesy call on Cmmo. Louemer Bernabe, the Commander of Naval Forces Central, AFP and Capt. Renato David, the Deputy Commander of Naval Forces Central.
A security briefing aboard the RAN vessels will also be conducted, to be followed by an open house or ship’s tour on Nov. 23, 2017. The PN personnel will get training on various topics, such as Subject Matter on Expertise Exchange (SMEE), Safety and Ship’s Maintenance, Best Practices and Crew Welfare aboard the vessels.
The PN, through Naval Forces Central, has started preparations for the joint maritime engagement. It said the Naval Forces Central was in charge of ensuring the security and safety of the visiting foreign Navy during the duration of the visit.
According to the PN, the joint maritime engagement promotes camaraderie between the two navies as part of the enhanced defense cooperation between the two countries. #