Philippine Navy conducts welcome ceremony for two Australian vessels

The Philippine Navy, August 8, has conducted a welcome ceremony for two Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) donated by the Australian government. The ceremony was held at Captain Salvo Pier, Naval Station Pascual Ledesma in Cavite City.

The two LCHs – BRP Ivatan and BRP Batak – arrived in Cavite last Friday. Navy public affairs office chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna said Batak and Ivatan arrived at dawn of August 7. The vessels entered Philippine territory in area of Zamboanga August 5, PNA reports.

Cmdr. Joselito E. De Guzman and Lt. Ariel D. Constantino command BRP Ivatan and BRP Batak, respectively.

Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Leopoldo Alano said the two Australian-donated LCHs are “extremely versatile vessels, capable of moving large amounts of cargo, personnel and equipment.”

“These new assets will be vital in facilitating and sustaining Fleet-Marine operations and will bolster the PN’s amphibious and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities,” Alano emphasized.

The vessels were commissioned to service prior to leaving Australia July 23.