Navy’s latest SSV delivers 600 tons of relief supplies for affected Marawi residents

MANILA--- Some 600 of relief supplies, for persons displaced by the ongoing operations against the remaining Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City, has been transported by the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), according to Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna.

This took place during the ship's humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission last week, Lincuna said in message to the PNA Tuesday.

The BRP Davao Del Sur is the sister-ship of the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), the country's first strategic sealift vessel which was delivered and commissioned last year.

Aside from the relief supplies, which came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the BRP Davao Del Sur also carried assorted heavy equipment for rehabilitation and the Armed Forces' mobile kitchen which is now being used for ongoing relief operations.

The BRP Davao Del Sur is currently conducting another HADR mission as of this posting.

Lincuna refused to give details for operational and security reasons.

"(She is) somewhere down south to support HADR but (I cannot) divulge (exact area) for security reasons," he added to the PNA.

She arrived in the Philippines last May 14 after a five-day journey from PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya which started on May 9.

BRP Davao Del Sur is also a Makassar-class landing platform dock like her sister ship BRP Tarlac.

She was commissioned last May 31, the Navy's 119th founding anniversary.

Its delivery completed the two-unit SSV procurement project with an approved budget contract of PHP4 billion sourced from the AFP Modernization Act Trust Fund.

Just like the BRP Tarlac, the PN's latest SSV will serve as a floating command-and-control ship especially in the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response and will also serve as a military sealift and transport vessel.

The ship has an overall length of 120 meters,breadth of 21 meters, draft of five meters and can carry a payload of 2,800 tons.

She has a cruising speed of 13 knots and maximum speed of 16 knots and a minimum operating range of 7,500 nautical miles.

BRP Davao Del Sur can carry 500 troops, two rigid-hull inflatable boats, two landing craft units and three helicopters.

Her first major mission was the Benham Rise operation where she transported the diving team which planted the Philippine flag in a shallow portion of the territory last June 12.

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-class laminated Philippine flag 57 meters below the surface. (Priam F. Nepomuceno with Gilbert

Source: Philippines News Agency