BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602)

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BRP Davao del Sur at RIMPAC 2018 Sea Phase 002.jpg
BRP Davao del Sur at Exercise RIMPAC 2018.
Name: BRP Davao del Sur
Namesake: Province of Davao del Sur
Awarded: 29 August 2013
Builder: PT PAL
Launched: 29 September 2016
Commissioned: 31 May 2017
Status: In commission with Philippine Navy
Badge: LD-602 Badge.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: Tarlac-class landing platform dock
  • Standard: 7,200 tons
  • Full load: 11,583 tons
Length: 123 m (404 ft)
Beam: 21.8 m (72 ft)
Draft: 5 m (16 ft)
Installed power: 1 x MAN D 2842 LE301 diesel generator
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h) maximum
Range: 9,360 nautical miles (17,300 km)
Endurance: 30 Days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
  • 2 × LCU or LCM at floodable well docks
  • 2 × RHIB or LCVP at boat davits
Capacity: 500 troops and associated vehicles & equipment
Complement: 121
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Furuno X & S-band navigation radars
  • Surface & Air search radar (planned)
  • Electro-Optical Fire Control System (planned)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Electronic Warfare Suite (planned)
  • 1 × 76mm main gun on the foredeck (planned)
  • 2 × 25mm secondary guns one each on the port and starboard sides (planned)
  • Unspecified number of 50-caliber Machine guns
Aircraft carried: 2 x 10-ton naval helicopters
Aviation facilities: Hangar and flight deck for 2 medium helicopters

BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) is the second and last ship of her class of the Philippine Navy's landing platform docks.[1] She is the second ship to be named after the Philippine province of Davao del Sur, one of the main provinces in Mindanao in Southern Philippines.

She was launched on 29 September 2016[2] and she was commissioned into Philippine Navy service on 31 May 2017.[3]

Operational history[edit]

During the second week of May 2018, the BRP Davao del Sur participated in the Balikatan Exercise with US Forces together with the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16).[4]

On the third week of May 2018, the BRP Davao del Sur participated in the commemorative activities of the first anniversary of the renaming of the Philippine Rise off the coast of Eastern Luzon. Among the activities that were done on board the ship were:

  • President Rodrigo Duterte signed the proclamation declaring portions of the Philippine Rise as a marine protected area and then led the send off for a team of Filipino scientists on a research mission to the Philippine Rise.[5]
  • A Ceremonial Flag Raising ceremony participated by military and other government personnel was also made.[6]
BRP Davao del Sur steams into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at the start of RIMPAC 2018.

BRP Davao Del Sur was deployed with BRP Andrés Bonifacio (FF-17) to RIMPAC 2018, starting their voyage on June 11, 2018 and rendezvousing with ships from several regional navies and arriving at Pearl Harbor on June 27, 2018.

BRP Davao del Sur during Sea Phase of RIMPAC 2018.
BRP Davao Del Sur berthed in Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam for RIMPAC 2018

Among the events the ship participated at RIMPAC were:

  • An "Open Ship" one-day Guided Ship Tour for the public where students of Naval Officers Basic Course performed a Cultural Performance for the ship's visitors.[7]
  • The Sand Volleyball Tournament where the ship was declared the overall winner among the 49 teams from 25 nations that participated.[8]

In June 2019, the ship transported the Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT)-3 from Zamboanga City to its new assignment in Palawan.[9] Along the way, the BRP Davao del Sur conducted a Meeting Procedure and Photo Exercise with the Escort Flotilla One of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force off the coast of Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi in the Sulu Sea. The Japanese ships consisted of the JS Izumo (DDH-183), JS Murasame and JS Akebono.[10]

The BRP Davao del Sur was the 1st Philippine Navy vessel to participate in Russia's Navy Day festivities that occurred 28 July 2019.[11][12]

In August 2019, the ship and its 300-man Contingent sailed from Vladivostok, Russia to meet up at sea with the BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) in South Korea for a Group Sail back to the Philippines. Both ships were then given Arrival Honors at the Manila South Harbor which included a Meeting Procedure at sea with the BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35).[13]


  1. ^ "First of 2 New Vessels for PH Navy to be Launched in Indonesia". Archived from the original on 2016-03-12. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  2. ^ "Philippines acquisition of its second largest naval ship is nearing". Manila Livewire. 2016-09-30. Archived from the original on 2017-07-10. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  3. ^ ""Philippine Navy will send BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) to Join IFR 2017"". Archived from the original on 2017-12-07. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  4. ^ ""Balikatan Exercises Start Amid Worries on China's Military Buildup in South China Sea"". Archived from the original on 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  5. ^ ""Duterte Declares Parts of Benham Rise a Marine Protected Area"". Archived from the original on 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  6. ^ ""Gov't Installs Markers, Buoy at Philippine Rise"". Archived from the original on 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  7. ^ ""PH Ships in RIMPAC Opened for Public Tour"". Archived from the original on 2018-07-16. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  8. ^ ""BRP Davao Del Sur Team Wins RIMPAC 2018 Sand Volleyball Tournament"". Archived from the original on 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  9. ^ "MBLT-3 Troops bid farewell to Mindanaoans"
  10. ^ "PH, Japan Warships meet off Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi"
  11. ^ "BRP Davao del Sur joins Russian Navy Day celebrations". Philippine News Agency. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Over 40 warships to take part in Russia's Main Naval Parade". TASS. 16 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Home at last: Navy welcomes home BRP Conrado Yap, PN Contingent aboard BRP Davao Del Sur"

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External links[edit]

Media related to BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) at Wikimedia Commons