After almost four days of sailing, the country’s second strategic sealift vessel (SSV), the Tarlac-class landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), has arrived and anchored one mile off Pier 13, Manila South Harbor Monday.
This was confirmed by Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in a message to the PNA.
“After almost four days of voyage, around 11 a.m. today (May 8), BRP Davao Del Sur has anchored at vicinity one mile from Pier 13. She will undergo Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security procedures,” he said.
Welcoming ceremonies will be on May 10, with PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado likely spearheading the event, Lincuna added.
The BRP Davao Del Sur left the PT PAL (Persero)’s shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia and started her voyage home on the afternoon of May 4.
Tarlac-class landing platform docks may serve as a floating command-and-control ship in time of emergency like in the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
BRP Tarlac and BRP Davao Del Sur are operated by approximately 120-strong crew. They can carry 500 troops, two rigid-hull inflatable boats, two landing craft units and three helicopters.
It can also house and launch Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs), truck-based mobile hospital, and different class of military trucks. with PNA
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