ONE of the two landing docks of the Philippine Navy, BRP-Davao del Sur (LD-602), on Friday made a port of call for a two-day “open house” activity in Zamboanga City.
Rear Admiral Rene Medina, Naval Forces Western Mindanao commander, said the open house is to showcase its capability as a landing platform dock as well as to give opportunity to the populace of the city for a guided tour aboard the ship.
The BRP-Davao del Sur’s bulletin stated that it is capable to conduct a wide array of military, naval and non-military operations. Some of which is to conduct amphibious, sealift, and helicopter operations; command, control and communications; and, humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.
Medina said the arrival of LD-602 is aimed at promoting peace, develop friendly relations and bring the Philippine Navy and the Armed Forces of the Philippines closer to the hearts of Zamboangueños and of the Filipino people in general.
Among those who joined the aboard ship guided tour on Friday were members of the media, staff and volunteers of the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga Chapter, personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and some Reserve Officers Training Course cadets.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Arriane May Ayyanggod, the passenger service officer of the BRP-Davao del Sur, guided them during the aboard ship tour.
The open house is coupled with the conduct of recruitment activities aboard the ship for interested individuals who wish to join the roster of the Philippine Navy.
The BRP-Davao del Sur was launched on September 29, 2016 and commissioned in the service of the Philippine Navy on May 31, 2017.
She was named after one of the main provinces of Mindanao, Davao del Sur.
The vessel can transport heavy equipment, supplies and troops anywhere in the archipelago.
She was the second ship ordered and constructed by the Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL after BRP Tarlac (LD-601), which was delivered in May 2016. (SunStar Philippines)