2 Aussie vessels arrive in Zambo Print
Saturday, 11 November 2017 16:01

By Liza Jocson

Zamboanga city welcomed yesterday two ships of the Royal Australian Navy which arrived prior to joint maritime exercises to be held by the Philippines and Australia in the Sulu seas.

The two Royal Australian Navy vessels are the HMAS Larrakia and HMAS Maitland, Armidale Patrol boats, which docked at the Zamboanga pier after arriving from Papua New Guinea.

The ships were welcomed by officials led by Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely, Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar and Western Mindanao Naval Forces Commander Rear Admiral Rene Medina.

The visit of the Royal Australian Navy is in connection to the conduct of the Combined Philippine Navy- Royal Australian Navy Maritime Security Engagement from November 10 to December 1 in Sibutu, Tawi Tawi.

The engagements reportedly involves a series of meeting procedures and planning and coordination for the conduct of the combined patrols in the Naval Forces Western Mindanao Area of Responsibility in support of anti-terrorism and piracy campaigns of the government.

Last September, the RAN Ship HMAS Parramatta and the BRP Ramon Alcaraz executed Passing Exercises and Communications and Electronics Exercises along the vicinity of Sulu sea.  (Liza Jocson)