PH Navy joins Russia naval parade

The BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602), one of Philippine Navy’s two strategic sealift vessels, will be deployed Monday to participate in the naval parade in connection with the Russian Navy Day celebrations.

PN Spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata said the send-off ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor.

Zata said this was the second time the Navy had deployed ships to Russia. The first one was in October last year when the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), the sister-ship of the BRP Davao Del Sur, visited Vladivostok, Russia.

Aboard the ship is a 300-man naval contingent along with one helicopter detachment, which consists of an AW-109 AgustaWestland, its flight crew and maintenance personnel.

Russian Navy Day (also known as Day of the Russian Navy) is a national holiday in the Russian Federation and a senior holiday in the Russian Armed Forces. The day honors the sailors in units of the Russian Navy. It is celebrated annually, on the last Sunday of July.

BRP Davao Del Sur, like its sister ship BRP Tarlac, has an overall length of 120 meters, breadth of 21 meters, draft of five meters and can carry a payload of 2,800 tons.

Both ships have a cruising speed of 13 knots and maximum speed of 16 knots, and a minimum operating range of 7,500 nautical miles. (PNA)

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