With relationships strengthened, and warfare techniques discussed, shortly before departing Manila, HMAS Darwin rolled out the welcome mat for officers from the Philippine Navy.
Six warfare officers were invited to spend the day onboard Darwin as she sailed to Subic Bay.
Lieutenant Junior Grades Flores, De Guzman, Sulpot, Papa, Asio and Nuńes are in the process of completing their Principal Warfare Officer’s Course in preparation for a new class of frigate expected to commission into the Philippine Navy around 2020.
Keen to have a look around the ‘First Lady of the Fleet’, the Filipino officers were welcomed aboard by Darwin’s Executive Officer.
Darwin’s Gunnery Officer, Lieutenant Jeremy Baumgarten took the guests through Australian Operations Room structures and provided a demonstration dealing with some simulated air targets on the combat system.
They were also shown Darwin’s Damage Control Organisation, including the equipment utilised by ship’s company to combat fires, floods and toxic hazards.
“The officers were very pleased to see the number of similarities between the way the navies operate,” Lieutenant Baumgarten said.
“The Philippine officers were a real pleasure to work with and I’m sure our navies will continue to strengthen our bonds.”
Lieutenant Junior Grade Flores said he relished the opportunity to gain a valuable insight.
“It’s an exciting time for the Philippine Navy with new capabilities coming online,” he said.
“We are enjoying the opportunity to learn from our Australian partners and look forward to working with them in the future.”