MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Navy’s landing dock ship BRP Tarlac (LD-601) is leaving dry dock after almost a year to set out to sea on its first mission—bring humanitarian aid to typhoon survivors in the province of Catanduanes.
The island province of Catanduanes bore the brunt of Super Typhoon Rolly, the world’s strongest typhoon in 2020. At least 20 people were killed and thousands were displaced from their homes not only in Catanduanes but elsewhere in Luzon and Visayas.
The ship, skippered by Capt. Norman Mutia, is expected to dock in San Andres, Catanduanes on Wednesday (Nov. 18).
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the sendoff ceremony for the ship at Sout…