Australia, Philippine navies enjoy deepening friendship

The visit of two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels to the country highlights the deepening friendship between the RAN and the Philippine Navy. This was stressed by PN public affairs office chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna as HMAS Arunta and HMAS Sirious dropped anchor at the Alava Pier, Subic Bay, Olongapo City to start their Oct. 7 to 11 visit to the country.

“This visit translates into deepening friendships between the two navies and further fortifies the PN’s firm commitment of maintaining good relationship with other foreign navies,” he added.

PN delegates, headed by Commodore Narciso Vingson Jr., Deputy Commander of the Philippine Fleet with Capt. Ernesto Baldovino, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Education and Training, rendered customary welcome ceremony upon arrival of the visiting vessels followed by a port briefing on security.

HMAS Arunta and Sirius conduct a replenishment at sea enroute to Subic Bay, Philippines. Photo by LSIS Bradley Darvill/Royal Australian Navy

HMAS Arunta and Sirius conduct a replenishment at sea enroute to Subic Bay, Philippines. Photo by LSIS Bradley Darvill/Royal Australian Navy

After the briefing, Cmdr. Darren Grogan, Commanding Officer of HMAS Arunta, graced an invitational lunch aboard HMAS Sirius.

This goodwill visit is a five-day series of engagements between PN personnel and their visiting counterparts that involved ship’s tour, courtesy calls, and sports events where PN and RAN teams are set to play cricket and basketball.

HMAS Arunta is the second of the Royal Australian Navy’s eight Anzac class frigates while HMAS Sirius is built as a double-hulled commercial product tanker.