Russian, US navy ships docked in Subic Bay
Two Russian and four American naval ships are now docked in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The Alligator-class landing ship Nikolay Vilkov, alongside one of Russia’s most powerful tugboats and icebreakers Fotiy Krylov are now docked at the Rivera Pier.
The two are among five navy ships that have arrived in the Philippines to deliver military equipment donated by Russia, a statement from the Philippine Navy said. The Russian vessels will be staying at the port of Subic until October 25.
No details were available about the types of equipment donated, but President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier said Russia would provide 5,000 assault rifles to the Philippines.
The equipment has come ahead of a visit by Russia’s top defense official to the Philippines to sign a security deal.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will be joining next week’s meeting of 10 Southeast Asian defense ministers with counterparts from eight other countries, including the US, Russia and China, in the Philippines.
Four naval ships of the United States also arrived in the Freeport Saturday – Expeditionary fast transports USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3) and USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4), as well as the USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) are now docked at the Alava Pier, while the replenishment oiler USNS Pecos is at anchorage in Subic Bay.