2 Aussie Navy warships to visit PH

By Priam Nepomuceno

October 7, 2017, 9:41 am

MANILA -- Two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) warships, the HMAS Adelaide (LO1) and the HMAS Darwin (FFG-04), will make a goodwill visit to the Philippines on Oct. 10-15.

The visit of the two vessels, which will arrive at Pier 15 of the Manila South Harbor at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, is part of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Joint Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said in a statement Friday.

The HMAS Adelaide, commanded by Capt. Jonathan Earley, is classed as an amphibious assault ship and a landing helicopter dock while the HMAS Darwin, under the command of Commander Phillip Henry, is a guided missile frigate, Lincuna added.

Delegates of the Philippine Navy will welcome the vessels in a ceremony. Expected to attend are Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely, ranking PN officials, and Earley in his capacity as Joint Task Group commander.

A port briefing on security and health will be conducted on board one of the RAN vessels, Lincuna said. (PNA)