Philippine Navy’s continuous relief operations, transport of essential supplies to Typhoon Odette-hit Visayas

Photos courtesy of S1JO Melchor M Alcala Jr PN (NFCPAO)

BRP Tarlac (LD 601), one of the Philippine Navy’s largest ships, arrives in Cebu port on Friday, December 31 for the second wave of relief assistance.

The Philippine Navy ship is carrying hundreds of tons of essential supplies, such as relief goods, equipment, and a specialized team, to aid in the ongoing efforts to repair damaged infrastructures, clear the road network, and restore power.

The Philippine Marine Corps’ 9th Marine Battalion (Marine Amphibious Ready Unit) also arrived with an additional 100 follow-on forces to augment their battalion that had previously arrived in Cebu for a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief mission.

Members of the Navy Meteorological and Oceanographic Center (NAVMETOC) are among the passengers on board the BRP Tarlac. They arrived with equipment such as a side scan sonar to map out navigational hazards at the Mactan channel’s north entrance and nearby approaches.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Naval Forces Central ensures the continuity of services by delivering much-needed basic needs and essential supplies to the people within its area of responsibility.

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