ULITHI ATOLL, Caroline Islands, Pacific Ocean (DWDD) – Staying clear of Tropical Storm “Domeng,” the Philippine Navy contingent, Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) DAVAO DEL SUR (LD 602) and BRP ANDRES BONIFACIO (FF 17), together with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) ship KD LEKIU sails for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2018, the world’s largest international naval exercise.
The embarked Augusta Westland (AW-109) naval helicopter captured the Philippine Navy and RMN vessels as it performed naval maneuvers and communications exercises while underway near Fais Island, Ulithi Atoll in the eastern Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean as it sails en route to RIMPAC 2018 exercise.
BRP DAVAO DEL SUR (LD 602) ably managed to perform flight deck operations and photo exercise (PHOTEX) with BRP ANDRES BONIFACIO (FF17) and RMN’s KD LEKIU.
KD LEKIU earlier called on the port of Cebu and sailed with the Philippine Navy contingent when it left the Philippines last 06 June 2018. The flotilla will have a brief stopover at Kwajalein Atoll and will rendezvous with navies from Indonesia, Japan and India for a group sail enroute to Honolulu, Hawaii. The ships are expected to arrive in Hawaii on 25 June 2018. The RIMPAC will be from 27 June to 02 August 2018. NPAO / MCAG