3 SOUTH KOREAN NAVY SHIPS ARRIVE AT PIER 5 FOR GOODWILL VISIT

MANILA, OCTOBER 25, 2003 (STAR) By Cecille Suerte Felipe  - Three South Korean Navy training ships docked in Pier 15 at Manila’s South Harbor yesterday on a goodwill mission to the country.

The training ships ROKS Yangmanchoon, destroyer, ROKS Wansan a mine warfare ship, and ROKS Daechung, a logistics support ship, are under the command of Rear Adm. Kim Joong Ryun.

Kim Hee-Yeon, commander of public affairs of the Cruise Training Force of the Republic of Korea Navy, said the three ships will be open to the public today and tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"We’ll have various public relations and goodwill activities during the visit," he said. "We want to further enhance our relationship with Philippines, which helped us during the 1950 war."

About 60 crewmen of the three ships will help clean up Manila Bay today starting 8 a.m. and until 12 noon, he added.

After yesterday’s welcome ceremony at South Harbor, the head of the delegation paid a courtesy call on Defense Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Armed Forces chief Gen. Narciso Abaya, Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Adm. Ernesto de Leon, Manila Mayor Lito Atienza and Western Police District director Chief Superintendent Pedro Bulaong.

They also laid a wreath at the Rizal monument at Luneta park.

The Cruise Training Force of the Republic of Korea Navy has navigated 17,000 miles, visiting 13 ports in the Pacific.

Its last port of call was Darwin, Australia before completing its voyage and returning to its homeport on Jan. 16 next year.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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