MANILA (DWDD) – The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships, Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Adelaide (III), a Landing Helicopter Dock, and HMAS Darwin, a Guided Missile Frigate, arrived here in Manila for a goodwill visit until Sunday, October 15.
The RAN contingent is led by Commander Joint Task Group, Captain Jonathan Earley who is also the commanding officer of HMAS Adelaide together with Cdr. Phillip Henry, skipper of HMAS Darwin. Their arrival is part of the Australian Defence Force’s Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, a deployment to East Asia to provide regional countries the opportunity to gain an understanding of the ships’ capability especially in the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations.
Capt Ricardo Martin, the FOIC, PN representative accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival followed by a press briefing together with the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely.
This goodwill visit is a five-day series of engagements between PN personnel and their visiting counterparts to be held in Manila and Olongapo City. The crew of the ship and their Philippine Navy counterparts will host reciprocal receptions and sports events. A send-off ceremony with customary Passing Exercise (PASSEX) will cap off the goodwill visit.
This visit further strengthens the already strong relationship between the two navies and fortifies the PN’s firm commitment in maintaining good relations with other foreign navies. NPAO/MCAG