MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) on Wednesday deployed one of its heavy landing craft, BRP Batak (LC-299), to transport military personnel, personal protective equipment (PPE) sets, and assorted medical supplies to various provinces in the Visayas.
In a statement Thursday, Navy public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said the mission is part of the government’s ongoing efforts to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19 threat.
“LC-299 will conduct sealift of military personnel, assorted cargoes and deliver a thousand sets of PPE and assorted medical supplies from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Naval Task Force against Covid-19,” she added.
Roxas said the BRP Batak will first embark on Catbalogan City, Samar, and will proceed to Ormoc City in Leyte and in the provinces of Cebu and Iloilo before returning to Cebu City.
The ship is among the logistic vessels of the Sealift Amphibious Force (SAF) of the Philippine Fleet and under the operational control of Naval Task Force-50 of the Naval Forces Central based in Cebu.
Other SAF vessels that were deployed in this kind of mission include BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and BRP Bacolod City (LS-550) among others, Roxas added. (PNA)