MANILA, Philippines – After almost 4 days of voyage of the ship from Indonesia, the Philippine Navy’s second brand new landing dock vessel, the BRP Davao Del Sur, has anchored at the South Harbor in Manila today, May 8.
The BRP Davao Del Sur departed Surabaya, Indonesia for Manila last week, May 4. The Commander of the Philippine Fleet Rear Admiral Gaudencio C. Collado and his party were present during Sail-Away (Send Off) ceremony for the PN’s only second Strategic Sealift Vessel.
According to Rappler, the vessel will undergo customs, immigration, quarantine and security (CIQS) procedures.
The welcome ceremony for BRP Davao Del Sur is scheduled on Wednesday, May 10, and separate commissioning rite is expected to follow immediately.
BRP Davao Del Sur is the navy’s second Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV), following the arrival of the BRP Tarlac in June 2016. The SSV has ability to serve as one-stop operations center at sea, crucial in sending quick deployments such as in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations of the Philippine Navy.
“Its (BRP Davao del Sur) arrival, will complement BRP Tarlac. Of course it will impact on our Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations considering it’s a very big vessel,” Navy Spokesman Captain Lued Lincuna said.
Its commissioning will be held at the Philippine Navy Headquarters. “It can (also) accommodate a lot of cargo and a lot of personnel,” he added.
Measuring 123 meters long and with a maximum carrying capacity of 11,583 tons, the SSVs can transport heavy equipment, supplies, and troops to anywhere in the archipelago. It has provisions for 121 crew members and can house up to 500 soldiers. It can also carry up to 3 naval helicopters on its heli-deck and two “baby boats” in its rear hold. No other load-bearing ship in the Navy’s fleet can compare.
The BRP Tarlac has also been recently deployed to conduct naval blockades in southern Philippines, helping in the military’s operations against local terrorists.
It will also participate in the Philippines-US Balikatan exercises scheduled this week.