BRP Davao del Sur deployed near Marawi to help quell rebellion

MANILA — The Philippine Navy has deployed BRP Davao del Sur to Cotabato to 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 Sunday, June 25.

Abella said the military vessel will be utilized as a back-up floating medical facility to treat the wounded apart from delivering military supplies and relief goods.

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.

BRP Davao del Sur is the Navy’s second strategic sealift vessel that can carry 500 troops, two landing craft units, three helicopters and two rigid-hull inflatable boats.