Australian submarine arrives in Subic Bay

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THE HMAS Sheean (SSG 77), a Collins-class submarine operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), arrived at Subic Bay in Olongapo City, Zambales, on Friday for a port visit until August 26.

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Capt. Lued Lincuna, Philippine Navy spokesman, said the submarine docked at about 9 a.m. at Alava Pier, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

“Philippine Navy delegates rendered customary welcome ceremony upon arrival of the visiting navy headed by the ship’s commanding officer, Commander Jason Cupples, followed by a port briefing on health and security aboard SSG 77,” Lincuna added.

The visit and the personnel interaction with their Filipino counterparts, he said, are in accordance with the Philippine-Australia Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (SOVFA), which provides for a comprehensive legal framework to support defense personnel engaged in joint training and other related activities conducted in the Philippines or in Australia.

“The visit is expected to strengthen the long-standing partnership of the two nations which paves way for an enhanced cooperation in capacity-building and inter-operability to undertake humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations,” Lincuna added.

Fernan Marasigan

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