The Frigate FS Vendemiaire of the French Navy with a helicopter onboard arrived at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila for a goodwill visit on 18 March 2009, 10 o’clock in the morning. The ship skippered by CDR FREDERIC BENON with a complement of twelve (12) officers, sixty (60) petty officers and twenty (20) crew members will be here until 21 March 2009.
The French Navy was received by the Philippine Navy with appropriate honor. CDR BENON, the commanding officer of FS Vendemiaire and party will pay a courtesy call to VADM FERDINAND S GOLEZ AFP, the Flag Officer-in-Command, Philippine Navy.
Goodwill games and shipboard tour will be conducted to foster good relationship between two parties. Philippine Navy personnel will also have a chance to familiarize themselves with French’ weaponries, machineries and other capabilities of their ship when they tour the vessel.
A send-off ceremony at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila will culminate the goodwill visit on 21 March 2009 at around 9 o’clock in the morning.