PH Navy contingent to sail for ASEAN-China maritime drill
A send-off ceremony is set by the Philippine Navy on Wednesday for logistic support vessel BRP Dagupan City (LC-551) and the 300-man contingent who will be participating in the first maritime exercise between the People’s Republic of China and ASEAN member states.
Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said the send-off will be held at Captain Salvo Pier, Naval Base, Cavite City.
The ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise 2018, slated on Oct. 21 to 28 in Zhanjiang, will be hosted by the Republic of Singapore Navy and China’s People Liberation Army Navy.
It will facilitate military exchanges between ASEAN member state navies and their Chinese counterpart, focusing on maritime safety and search-and-rescue at sea with emphasis on the use of Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea.
BRP Dagupan City has a displacement of 4,265 tons at full load, is 273 feet long, has a draft of 12 feet and has a top speed of 12 knots. It was commissioned at the Philippine Navy in the 1990s.
Earlier, Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the proposal for a joint ASEAN and Chinese naval exercise was submitted during the ASEAN Defense Minister Meeting in Singapore last February.#