By Francis Wakefield
Three Russian Navy vessels will arrive in Manila on Monday, April 8, for a five-day goodwill visit.
Philippine Navy Captain Jonathan V. Zata, Director of the Naval Public Affairs Office, said large anti-submarine ships Admiral Tributs and Vinogradov, and large sea tanker Irkut, will be at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila at 9 a.m. on Monday.
Zata said the Philippine Navy will render customary welcome ceremony upon arrival of the vessels to be followed by a press briefing with both navies’ key officials led by the Commander of Detachment of the Russian Pacific Fleet, Captain Sergey G. Alantiev.
He said the docking of the Russian Navy vessels is a tradition that signifies Russian and Philippine Navy cooperation.
During the five-day port call, the Russian Navy will hold a wreath-laying ceremony, courtesy calls on top military officials, friendly sporting events, and maneuvering exercises with its Philippine counterparts.
On Tuesday, April 9, the Russian military vessels will also hold an Open Door Day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Pacific Fleet ships will wrap up their visit on Friday, April, 12.
Zata said this will be the second visit of the Russian Navy this year and the eighth since 2012.
In January of this year, three Russian Navy vessels — the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleev, the guided missile cruiser Varyag, and the large sea tanker Boris Botuma — docked in Manila for a five-day goodwill visit.
It was the second time for the Admiral Varyag and the Boris Botuma to visit the country as they also visited last May 29, 2018. It will be the first visit for the Admiral Panteleev.