The 230-meter long Royal Australian Navy amphibious assault ship HMAS Adelaide docked at the Port of Manila on Tuesday, but that was not the only reason her crew had developed a taste for the Philippines.
According to a Tuesday report on GMA News TV program “State of the Nation with Jessica Soho”, Adelaide has 20 Filipino-Australian crewmen aboard, and two of them work in the kitchen.
“Yung dalawa kusinero. Kaya minsan nag-a-adobo kami. Eh tuwang tuwa ‘yung mga Australyano pagka adobo eh. ‘Yung problema, ako, nauubusan,” chuckled Australian Navy training officer and Tondo-native Lieutenant Commander Lucito Irlandez.
President Rodrigo Duterte was invited aboard and given a tour of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest ship.
“If you decide to decommission this one and come up with a new one, just park it here. I’ll give you the [plane] ticket back home to Australia,” Duterte quipped.
The jest had Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely laughing, a very different reaction compared to that she had last year over the Philippine president’s “rape joke”.
The HMAS Adelaide will sail next to Subic Bay, where it will participate in humanitarian and disaster relief drills with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The ship has a 40-bed hospital and a flight deck capable of handling 12 helicopters.
HMAS Adelaide can transport 2,100 tons of cargo and carry up to 1,000 troops during a disaster-response deployment. — Margaret Claire Layug/DVM, GMA News