Indonesian Navy ships dock in PH for 4-day goodwill visit

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – Two Indonesian Navy vessels, the multi-role light frigate KRI Bung Tomo (357), and SIGMA class corvette KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda (367), on Monday docked at Pier 15, South Harbor in Manila for a four-day goodwill visit.

The visiting navy contingent, headed by Captain Amrin Rosihan, was welcomed by Sealift Amphibious Force Commander, Commodore Ernesto Baldovino who represented Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad.

In a statement, the Philippine Navy said the goodwill visit reaffirms and further strengthens the already strong relationship between the two navies.

“It fortifies the PN’s firm commitment of maintaining good relationship with other foreign navies,” it added.

The Philippine Navy said that Rear Adm. I Nyoman Mandra M. Sc., the Assistant for Personnel, Indonesian Navy, together with the Commanding Officers of the two Indonesian Navy are scheduled to pay a courtesy call to Empedrad.

“Likewise, series of confidence building engagements between the PN and Indonesian Navy are lined up, such as reciprocal receptions, goodwill games, shipboard tour and pre-coordination meeting,” it said.

“A passing exercise (PASSEX) between the vessels of the visiting navy and the designated PN vessel is set to cap-off the goodwill visit,” it added.

The visiting navy contingent will stay in Manila until Thursday, Nov. 21.

“The Philippines and Indonesia as a neighbor country with many common grounds and are both founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation have a long history of maritime cooperation because of mutual regional security threats, ranging from natural calamities to piracy and terrorism,” the Philippine Navy said.

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