BRP Del Pilar escorts BRPs Batak, Ivatan: To arrive in Cavite on Friday

The two landing craft heavies (LCHs), which were donated by the Australian government to the Philippine Navy last January, will be arriving in Sangley Point, Cavite on Friday. This was disclosed by PN flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus C. Millan in a message to the PNA on Wednesday.

Sangley Point, Cavite is the headquarters of the Philippine Fleet.

“For info, the two LCHs, escorted by BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) [have sailed and passed] the waters of Zamboanga last night (Tuesday) and estimated to be in Cavite by Friday,” he said.

When asked whether the ships will be given a welcome ceremony this coming Monday, his retirement day, Millan said that this depends on weather conditions.

“Due to typhoon ‘Hanna,’ we are still waiting [for] the assessment and recommendation of the Philippine Fleet,” the PN chief said.

The LCHs left Cairns, Australia for their voyage to the Philippines last July 23.

The two ships were named BRP Ivatan (AT-298) and BRP Batak (AT-299). They will be joining the five other landing craft units in PN service.