The flagship of Russia’s Pacific Fleet arrived in Manila immediately (Thursday, April 20) for a four-day goodwill go to.
The arrival of the guided-missile cruiser Varyag, together with gasoline tanker ship, Pechenge, is the second port name by Russian warships in three months.
The transfer is a part of President Duterte’s drive for an “independent foreign policy”, pivoting away from the nation’s long-standing ally the USA and in the direction of Moscow and Beijing.
Philippine Navy spokesman Captain Lued Lincuna stated they hoped to be taught from the Russians throughout coaching actions and an illustration of superior weapons programs.
The schedule contains coaching and sports activities actions plus a public live performance in Luneta Park.
Russian commander Captain Alexsei Ulyanenko stated the port name would make a “significant contribution” to strengthening relations and sustaining stability in the area.
Moscow desires to assist Manila fight extremism and piracy, stepping up cooperation and coaching in areas the place the Philippines has historically labored carefully with the USA.
The relationship is predicted to develop additional subsequent month when Duterte and Vladimir Putin witness the signing of defence agreements in Moscow.
When Duterte met the Russian president final 12 months, the he spoke at size about what he known as “US hypocrisy”.
The Varyag is the third ship of the Slava-class of guided-missile cruisers constructed for the Soviet Navy serving the Russian Navy.
She was launched in July 1983 and commissioned on Oct. 16, 1989, and is commanded by Capt. Alexsei U. Ulyanenko.
The Varyag has a displacement of 11,490 tons and has a size of 611.5 toes and a draft of 27.6 toes. Its propulsion system consists of 4 COGOG gasoline generators, with two shafts giving it a high pace of 32 knots and a variety of 10,000 nautical miles.
It is armed with quite a lot of anti-ship, anti-aircraft and anti-submarines missiles and gun programs.