Australian Embassy
The Philippines

MR101217- Australia Participates in School Repainting Activity in Palawan


Fifteen personnel from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) patrol boat HMAS BROOME led by Lieutenant Commander Paul Graham and Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, Rod Smith, helped repaint the Tiniguiban Elementary School in Puerto Princesa City during the ship’s recent port visit to Palawan. Pictured are Able Seaman Neil Herron (2nd from L), Seaman Michael Tuck and Able Seaman Nathan Davies (4th and 5th from L) together with the students repainting one of the school’s classrooms

Together with members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command led by Major General Juancho Sabban, the HMAS BROOME crew brought along painting materials to help enhance the learning environment of the students. The crew also got the opportunity to interact with the faculty, led by school principal Ferdinand Lagrada, and students who expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the HMAS BROOME crew.

HMAS BROOME’s visit was part of the annual Maritime Training Activity LUMBAS conducted by Australian and Philippine naval forces. The activity aims to strengthen the Philippines’ capacity to protect its borders through maritime security training and mariner skills enhancement.

(Photo courtesy of Able Seaman Cameron Davidson)