The research vessel R/V Melville, which was one of the two ships pledged by President Barack Obama to the Philippines last November, is expected to arrive in the country by June.
Philippine Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna confirmed in message to the PNA Tuesday.
He said that the 30 PN contingent, which will serve as the R/V Melville’s sailing crew, has already arrived in San Diego, California last March 21.
“(The crew) are scheduled for familiarization and orientation on the operation and maintenance of various equipment aboard the vessel,” Lincuna said.
The R/V Melville will be manned by the above-mentioned PN personnel and is expected to be in the Philippines by third week of June, he added.
Obama pledged to donate the R/V Melville and USGCC Boutwell to the Philippines during his visit to the country during the APEC Leaders’ Summit last November 17, 2015.
R/V Melville – originally built as the USNS Melville (T-AGOR-14) — is a research vessel operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography for oceanographic research. The R/V Melville is the oldest active vessel in the academic research fleet, collectively known as the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).
The U.S. Government confirmed on November 17, 2015 that the Melville will be transferred to the Philippine Navy as Excess Defense Articles (EDA)s.