Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila – Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Kaha (F77), the first Anzac class frigate operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and skippered by Commander Stephen John Lenik, arrived here earlier today for a goodwill visit to the Philippines that will conclude on April 7, 2017.
Philippine Navy (PN) vessel BRP Rajah Humabon (FF11) rendered customary meeting procedures at the vicinity of Corregidor Island and escorted the vessels to its designated berthing area. PN representatives then accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival followed by a port briefing related to security and health aboard F77.
The four-day visit will include series of confidence building engagements between PN and RNZN personnel such as courtesy call on the Flag Officer In Command, PN by the Commander of Joint Forces, Major Gen. Tim Gall and Maritime Component Commander, Commodore James Gilmour, wreath laying ceremony at Rizal Monument in Luneta, shipboard tour, reciprocal receptions and goodwill games of basketball, volleyball, football and tug of war.
The engagement between the Philippine and New Zealand navies will cap off with a send-off ceremony and a customary Passing Exercise (PASSEX) between F77 and a designated PN vessel in the vicinity of Corregidor Island.
This visit by a foreign navy and the fitting reception bestowed by PN manifest a sustained promotion of peace and stability, and enhancement of maritime cooperation through naval diplomacy and camaraderie.