ON BOARD BRP TARLAC (DWDD) – On the fourth (4th) day of their historic voyage to Vladivostok, Russia, Philippine Navy ship BRP Tarlac (LD601) was escorted by “friendly forces” along the East China Sea.
In a report by the DWDD News Team, a little over 8:00 AM on September 24, the PN ship was escorted by Chinese and Japanese Coast Guard vessels.
The event is a manifestation of the countries strong military and diplomatic ties with China and Japan.
According to a Navy official, the effort of the Coast Guard of both countries to escort our ship is a normal activity and tradition given to passing and visiting foreign ships.
Upon arrival in Vladivostok, Russia, Naval task Force 87 will have a series of shore activities namely: a Russian Navy hosted reception; sports competition; reciprocal shipboard tours; a PN hosted reception; visit to a Russian Diesel submarine facilities; a visit to the 155th Marine Brigade Headquarters; and then rounded up by City Tours and capped off by a Farewell ceremony.
Meanwhile, after their port visit to Vladivostok, will have a brief visit to Jeju, South Korea. The visit would include: a Welcoming event; a Pass in Review; a sports day; the conduct of Open ship; a Fellowship with the Filipino Community; a Foreign Captain Luncheon; an IFR celebratory performance; a Worldwide Parade; a Combined voluntary service; a Farewell dinner and Friendship night; and the event will be capped by a Maritime Defense Industry Exhibit and the eventual from Jeju Island and then back to the Philippines. AES / LC / Photos by Ssg Sablon PAF