The Philippine Navy frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF151) on Monday (August 23, 2021) participated in a Maritime Partnership Exercise in the West Philippine Sea alongside two Indian Navy ships, the INS Ranvijay (Guided Missile Destroyer, D55) and INS Kora (Guided Missile Corvette, P61).
BRP Antonio Luna met the two Indian Navy ships somewhere off the northwest coast of Palawan, and the two ships then undertook multiple operational maneuvers at sea as part of the combined evolutions during the exercise. The outcome of these interactions, which focused on improved interoperability and collaboration, was very positive for both navies.
BRP Antonio Luna recently took part in the 19th Southeast Asia Maritime and Cooperation (SEACAT) 2021, which was a huge success. Since its commissioning, the ship has taken part in regular drills with friendly foreign navies in order to increase its professional competence and confidence in carrying out her job. It is now deployed to the AFP Western Command’s Naval Forces West.
“As a newly-commissioned vessel of the Philippine Navy, BRP Antonio Luna is anticipated to be at par with her foreign counterparts and it is a breath of fresh air to see our modern navy partake in these maritime partnership exercises”, Col Antonio Mangoroban Jr, Acting Commander of Naval Forces West said in a statement.
The Indian Navy sent the INS Ranvijay and INS Kora to boost maritime security coordination with partner nations such as the Philippines, with which it has a seventy-two-year friendly relationship. Regular trips to the Philippines by Indian navy vessels have emphasized the two maritime nation-states’ defense cooperation since 1998.
All relevant health and safety standards were properly followed, and the exercise was done in a contactless manner in accordance with current pandemic guidelines. The Indian naval ships are slated to call at Manila Port for replenishing after the exercise.