CAVITE City, -- An Arrival Ceremony for the two Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) vessels recently turned-over to the Philippine Navy was conducted here yesterday at 1030 a.m.
The ceremony was presided by no less than Vice Adm. Jesus C Millan, the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy (FOIC, PN) with Adm. Leopoldo M Alano, the commander of the Philippine Fleet. Commodore Narciso A Vingson, the commander of Sealift Amphibious Force, Australian dignitaries and other members of the Command team and also joined the PN in welcoming these vessels with more or less 34 PN personnel onboard.
These LCHs, which will soon be commissioned as the BRP IVATAN(AT298) skippered by Cdr. Joselito E De Guzman and BRP BATAK(AT 299) led by Lt. Ariel D Constantino, both a Balikpapan Class Landing Craft Heavy will certainly boost the capability of the PN to transport personnel, equipment and aid during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. These vessels will also be useful in transporting troops from one operational area to another.
Rear Adm. Alano in his welcome remarks said that, "The capability we are very proud to welcome today is described as extremely versatile vessels, capable of moving large amounts of cargo, personnel and equipment. These new assets will be vital in facilitating and sustaining Fleet-Marine operations & will bolster the amphibious and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities of the PN."
On the other hand, Vice Adm. Millan added, "Today, we mark another significant milestone in the history of the Philippine Navy and I share the pride with everyone in welcoming home the newest inventory of our fleet."
Millan also emphasized during his speech, his utmost commendation to the first commanders and the crew of the two LCH for the successful accomplishment of their mission. "As all valiant navy men, these officers and men unconditionally braved the perils of the sea, undeterred by the harsh weather condition en route to every port of call, if only to bring them home safely. Bravo Zulu!," he said.
This event symbolizes the drive of the PN to serve our countrymen more with the capability to extend help to our people especially in hard to reach coastal communities aligned with the dedication and commitment of the navy to be of service to our maritime nation.
The Philippine Navy conducted arrival honors for the newly acquired Landing Craft Heavy from Australia, the BRP Ivatan (AT-298) and BRP Batak (AT-299) last Friday, 7 August 2015.