The Bangladesh Navy Ship (BNS) Somudra Avijan, a Hamilton-class high endurance cutter, arrived at Manila South Harbor Saturday for a three-day goodwill visit until Nov. 16.
The ship arrived at 9 a.m. at Pier 15, Manila South Harbor, said Navy public affairs office chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna.
A Philippine Navy (PN) vessel rendered customary meeting procedures with the visiting ship at vicinity of Corregidor Island and escorted the vessel to her designated berthing area at Pier 15.
PN delegates accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival followed by a port briefing related to security, intelligence and health aboard the Bangladeshi ship.
This goodwill visit involves series of confidence building engagements between PN and Bangladesh Navy personnel such as courtesy call to the Flag Officer in Command, PN, shipboard tour by PN personnel and Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) cadets and goodwill games between the two navies.
The engagement between the Philippine and Bangladeshi navies will cap off with a send-off ceremony and a customary Passing Exercise (PASSEX) between BNS Somudra Avijan and a designated PN vessel in the vicinity of Corregidor Island.
The fitting reception bestowed by PN to the visiting Bangladesh Navy is a manifestation of sustained promotion of peace and stability and enhancement of maritime cooperation through naval diplomacy and camaraderie.
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