PIER 15, South Harbor, Manila (DWDD) – The Russian Navy Vessels Admiral Tributs, a large anti-submarine ship; and Boris Butoma, a large sea tanker, headed by Rear Adm. Eduard Mikhailov, Deputy Commander of Flotilla of Pacific Fleet of Russia. The aforesaid Russian Navy vessels are here for a goodwill visit to the Philippines from Jan. 2 till Saturday, January 7.
This is the third time a Russian Navy vessel visited the Philippines. The first visit in January 2012, when Admiral Panteleyev, an anti-submarine destroyer; Boris Butoma, the same large Sea tanker; and Fotiy Krylov, a rescue tug were also welcomed at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila. Likewise, in May 2016, Marshall Gelovani, a hydrographic vessel, also berthed in South Harbor, Manila for resupply and replenishment.
Philippine Navy (PN) vessel BRP Rajah Humabon (PS11) rendered customary meeting procedures at the vicinity of Corregidor Island, and escorted the vessels to its designated berthing area. PN delegates accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival followed by a port briefing for security and health aboard one of the Russian Navy vessels.
This five-day visit will include series of confidence building engagements between PN and Russian Navy personnel such as courtesy call on the Flag Officer in Command, PN by the Russian Ambassador to the Philippines, Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev; and Rear Adm. Mikhailov himself together with the ship’s commanding officers. Likewise, tour to historical places within Manila and Cavite area, wreath laying ceremony, capability demonstration, open house to all civilians, shipboard tour aboard Russian vessels, receptions, goodwill games, and send-off ceremony were also scheduled.
This visit by Russian Navy and the fitting reception bestowed by PN will foster goodwill which will contribute in the furtherance of friendship of PN and Russian Navy, and enhance the maritime cooperation through naval diplomacy and camaraderie. NPAO / MCAG