Philippine Fleet reactivates decommissioned ship for HADR missions

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Vice Admiral Adeluis S. Bordado, Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy, authorizes the suggestion of the Philippine Fleet to reactivate BRP Magat Salamat (PS20) to supplement ongoing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response activities in regions severely affected by Super Typhoon Odette.

After 44 years of service to the Philippine Navy, Ex-PS20 was decommissioned on December 10, 2021.

“The Philippine Fleet will endeavor to muster and provide all available resources in order to alleviate the living conditions of those severely affected by this natural calamity,” said Rear Admiral Alberto B. Carlos, Commander of the Philippine Fleet.

“While this is the time of the year for us to celebrate the holidays with our loved-ones, let us not forget the sorry sad plight of those who are still reeling from the wrath of super typhoon Odette; those who are still waiting for regular supply of power, communications and water to be restored; those whose houses have been decimated completely; those who are staying in temporary shelters. This is the time to show our support to the Navy leadership and our government that the Fleet is ready to be counted-on especially during times like this,” RAdm Carlos added.

The Fleet Commander summoned the final officers and crew of Ex-PS20, led by Commander Raphael M. Leyritana PN, to complete these mercy missions. Following the loading of at least 25 tons of carepacks and the subsequent blessing of the crew and ship, which was led by Commodore Renato P. David PN, Deputy Commander of the Philippine Fleet, said ship immediately departed.

For the duration of the Navy’s HADR operations in the Dinagat Islands, Ex-PS20 will act as a temporary Command Post.

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