The country’s first-ever strategic sealift vessel (SSV), the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), is expected to drop anchor off Manila Bay where she and her crew will undergo Customs and Immigration Quarantine (CIQ) Saturday. This was disclosed by Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in a message to the PNA Friday.
“[By Saturday morning], BRP Tarlac will arrive at anchorage area off Manila for CIQ,” he said. Lincuna said BRP Tarlac entered Philippine territory upon sailing Sibutu passage, Tawi-Tawi Thursday. He added that the SSV is now sailing towards her Manila destination.
Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Caesar C. Taccad will lead the welcoming ceremonies for BRP Tarlac (LD-601), the country’s first strategic sealift vessel (SSV), this coming May 16.
BRP Tarlac left the Surabaya shipyard of Indonesian contract PT PAL (Persero) last May 9.
Prior to its departure, BRP Tarlac has successfully concluded her sea trials, he added.
Sea trials refer to the testing phases which aims to check the performance of all machineries and equipment of the SSV.
“It is also conducted to check and measure the ship’s general performance and seaworthiness,” he added.
The Philippines has two SSV orders with PT PAL (Persero) for Php3,870,000,000 which was sourced from the AFP Modernization Fund.