By Francis Wakefield
Two Indonesian ships, the Kri Sultan Hasanuddin-366 and the Kri Sultan Iskandar-367, arrived on Sunday at the Makar Wharf in General Santos City as part of a goodwill visit to the Philippines.
Kri Sultan Hasanuddin is being skippered by Lt. Col. Bina Irawan Marpaung, while Kri Sultan Iskandar has Lt. Col. Andri Kristianto at the helm.
The Indonesian sailors were welcomed by the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, led by the Chief of Staff of the Command, Captain Aldrin B. Doctor.
Also welcoming the two ships are Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu, General Santos City Vice Mayor Shirlyn Nograles, acting General Santos Police Office chief Police Senior Supt. Romeo Ruel Berango, and the 74th Naval Group chief Lt. Col. Alano S. Abdulhalim.
In a press briefing, Napitupulu cited the importance of the visit as it will forge deeper mutual understanding between the two navies and security personnel of the two countries through active participation in upcoming activities like the Goodwill Games and Dinner Reception.
He also emphasized the importance of discovering tourism and potential trade partnerships between the Philippines and Indonesia.
Part of the goodwill visit is the public viewing of the two vessels particularly among locals of General Santos City tomorrow (October 31) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Makar Wharf.
The vessels will depart tomorrow (November 1) after a simple send-off ceremony prepared by the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao.
Tags: General Santos City, General Santos Police Office, goodwill visit, Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu, Kri Sultan Hasanuddin, Manila Bulletin, Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, Romeo Ruel Berango, Shirlyn Nograles
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