From the Manila Bulletin (Jun 25): Gov’t sends new ship to help in Marawi siege
The government has sent a massive new ship to help troops battling extremists in Marawi City as well as to assist in rebuilding efforts afterwards.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said BRP Davao Del Sur, a strategic sealift vessel (SSV), would deliver military supplies and relief goods as well as treat injured troops during its mission.
BRP Davao Del Sur (Via BRP Davao Del Sur Facebook Page / Manila Bulletin)
“The Philippine Navy has deployed BRP Davao del Sur in Cotabato. BRP Davao del Sur will greatly assist in our military operations in quelling the rebellion in Marawi,” Abela said.
“Apart from delivering military supplies and relief goods, the vessel will be utilized as a back-up floating medical facility to treat the wounded,” he added.
Abella said Navy vessel is ready to provide the support required once the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and rebuilding of Marawi begins.
BRP Davao del Sur is the country’s second SSV that can serve as a military sealift and transport vessel. The ship, which arrived in the country from Indonesia last month, can also act as one-stop operations center at sea for quick deployments such humanitarian aid and disaster relief response.
The other SSV, BRP Tarlac, arrived in the country in June 2016. Both ships cost the government around P4 billion.