Aussie Navy ships end PH visit with passing exercise

By Priam Nepomuceno

April 12, 2018, 5:29 pm

MANILA -- The four-day visit of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels, HMAS Anzac (DD-150) and HMAS Success (OR-304), will be highlighted by a send-off ceremony and customary passing exercise (PASSEX) on Sunday.

This was emphasized by Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in a message Thursday.

Included in the PASSEX is a replenishment-at-sea operation by RAN personnel which refers to refueling operations while underway in the high seas.

Lincuna said PN personnel were invited by their RAN counterparts to observe the evolution.

The RAN visit, which started Thursday and will end on Sunday, is expected to further strengthen the relationship between the two Navies and boost the PN's firm commitment of maintaining good relationship with other naval forces.

The two Australian ships are now moored at the Alava Wharf, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Olongapo City.

The HMAS Anzac and HMAS Success, commanded by Cmdr. Michael Devine and Cmdr. Grant Zilko, respectively, is slated to have a courtesy call with Naval Education and Training Command head Rear Admiral Allan Ferdinand V. Cusi.

They will be accompanied by the Australian Defense Attaché to the Philippines, Capt. Bradley White. (PNA)