BRP Davao Del Sur completes first mission in Benham Rise

By on June 13, 2017


Territorial waters of the Philippines. The Philippine Rise is located directly east of Luzon. (Photo by Roel Balingit (username: Namayan), CC BY 2.5.)
Territorial waters of the Philippines. The Philippine Rise is located directly east of Luzon. (Photo by Roel Balingit (username: Namayan), CC BY 2.5.)

MANILA — Barely a month after her commissioning, the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), the country’s second strategic sealift vessel (SSV), has successfully conducted her first major mission by transporting the military and civilian divers who successfully planted at a shallow portion of the Benham Rise (now known as the Philippine Rise) Monday morning.

This was confirmed by Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in a message to the PNA Tuesday.

“Yes, (the Benham/Philippine Rise) mission was her first,” he said.

BRP Davao Del Sur left the PT PAL (Persero) shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia in May 4 and arrived in the Philippines last May 8.

She was commissioned at Sasa Wharf, Davao City during the Navy’s 119th founding anniversary with President Rodrigo Duterte as the guest-of-honor and speaker.

BRP Davao Del Sur is the sister-ship of the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) which commissioned in May of last year.

The ship and her crew departed Pier 13, Manila South Harbor last June 8 with around 100 divers headed by Army Scout Ranger Major Christoper Constantino.

The military officer and his team strapped a fiber-glass laminated Philippine flag 57 meters below the surface.

Prior to this, a ship of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) lowered on Sunday a cement base where the flag and its pole were supposed to be hoisted.