From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Oct 1): PORT CALL | BRP Tarlac in Vladisvostok, Russia
ON BOARD BRP TARLAC (DWDD) – On the tenth (10th) day of their historic voyage to Vladivostok, Russia, Philippine Navy ship BRP Tarlac (LD601) is now safely anchored at port and ready for its five (5) day port visit.
Upon arrival, both navies had a meeting of ship or the traditional engagement of two ships where BRP Tarlac was met by the Russian Warship 350 and convoyed at the designated anchorage area around 2:00 PM (Time in Russian).
Vladivostok, which literally means ruler of the east is the administrative center of Primorsky Krai, Russia, located around the Golden Horn Bay, not far from Russia’s borders with China and North Korea.
The city has a population of 606,589, Harbin in China is about 515 kilometres (320 mi) away, whilst Sapporo in Japan is about 775 kilometres (482 mi) east across the Sea of Japan.
Russian Pacific Fleet
Vladivostokm is the home port of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Today, Naval task Force 87 will have a series of shore activities namely: a Russian Navy hosted reception; sports competition; reciprocal shipboard tours; a PN hosted reception; visit to a Russian Diesel submarine facilities; a visit to the 155th Marine Brigade Headquarters; and then rounded up by City Tours and capped off by a Farewell ceremony.
Meanwhile, after their port visit to Vladivostok, will have a brief visit to Jeju, South Korea. The visit would include: a Welcoming event; a Pass in Review; a sports day; the conduct of Open ship; a Fellowship with the Filipino Community; a Foreign Captain Luncheon; an IFR celebratory performance; a Worldwide Parade; a Combined voluntary service; a Farewell dinner and Friendship night; and the event will be capped by a Maritime Defense Industry Exhibit and the eventual from Jeju Island and then back to the Philippines. AES / LC / Photos by Ssg Sablon PAF