Navy ship deployed near Marawi to help quell rebellion
Malacañang on Sunday said the Philippine Navy has deployed BRP Davao del Sur to Cotabato so it can help the Armed Forces of the Philippines in its operations against the Maute terrorist group.
“BRP Davao del Sur will greatly assist in our military operations in quelling the rebellion in Marawi,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
“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 said.
Abella said the Navy’s newest ship will also help in the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi when the crisis ends.
Last month, the Navy welcomed the BRP Davao del Sur at the South Harbor in Manila. It is the Navy’s second strategic sealift vessel.
An Inquirer report said the Makassar-class landing platform dock can carry 500 troops, two landing craft units, three helicopters and two rigid-hull inflatable boats.
Its sister ship BRP Tarlac has been part of a naval blockade against terrorists in Mindanao./rga
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