Canadian frigate in Manila on goodwill visit
MANILA, Philippines — A Canadian frigate is in Manila on a goodwill visit, the Philippine Navy said Tuesday.
Her Majesty Canadian Ship (HMCS) “Regina” arrived last Saturday at Pier 15 in South Harbor, Manila and will stay there until Wednesday, said Gregory Gerald Fabic, Navy spokesperson said.
The Ambassador of Canada to the Philippines, Neil Reeder, visited the Navy Headquarters on Tuesday and paid a courtesy call to Navy chief Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano.
Reeder was joined by Colonel Michel Latouche, Canadian Defense Attaché to the Philippines, and Commander Daniel Charlebois, the commanding officer of “Regina.”
In February last year, “Regina” also visited Manila where they conducted several activities such as professional exchanges and goodwill games with their Philippine Navy counterparts.
The visit aims “to promote stronger military ties and cooperation” between the Philippine Navy and Royal Canadian Navy and strengthen the diplomatic relation between the two countries, Fabic said.
Reeder assured Alano that they would continue to seek ways on how they can assist and help the Navy in its capability and capacity upgrade, adding that they are looking into the possibilities of forging a training collaboration to promote interoperability between the two navies.
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