ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – One of the naval ships donated by the Australian government to the Philippines has been reported missing.
The Philippine Star is reporting that two Australian naval ships have reached the country’s territorial waters.
The two landing craft heavy (LCH) ships are now sailing the waters of Zamboanga and are expected to reach Sangley Point in Cavite on Friday, according to Navy chief Vice Adm. Jesus Millan.
Australia announced its plan to donate the LCH transport ships to the Philippines last January. The ships were transferred to the Philippine Navy after being refurbished with new safety and navigation equipment.
The vessels were decommissioned from Australian service at a ceremony in Cairns on November 19, 2014. They were commissioned by the Philippine Navy on July 23, 2015.
However, the Philippine Star report showed a photo of three, not two, naval ships. So there is speculation that the third ship may have been lost at sea or diverted to another country.
The Philippine Navy has not returned our calls for comment.