MANILA—The Philippine Navy (PN) will be greeting its 119th founding anniversary Wednesday with a brand-new strategic sealift vessel and three multi-purpose assault craft with missile provisions.
This was bared by PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in a message Tuesday who added that this year’s anniversary will be held in Sasa Wharf, Davao City with President Rodrigo Duterte as the guest-of-honor and speaker.
Highlighting the event is the commissioning of the country’s SSV, the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and capability demonstration of the three MPACs with missile armament provisions.
BRP Davao Del Sur left the PT PAL (Persero) shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia and arrived in the Philippines last May 8.
She is the sister-ship of the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) which was commissioned in May of last year.
While the Propmech Corporation-built MPACs were transferred and activated by the PN last May 22.
With their arrival, the PN now has a fleet of around nine MPACs.
Lincuna said this year’s PN anniversary theme is “Protecting the Seas, Securing Our Future”.