A Philippine Navy team is now in United States for the transfer of research vessel RV Melville. This was confirmed in a post on RV Melville’s Twitter account managed by the vessel’s American crew.
“Today I have the pleasure of meeting my new crew…Philippine Navy!” said in the post dated March 22 with photo of Filipino crew.
Melville is the oldest active vessel in the academic research fleet, collectively known as the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).
US President Barack Obama announced that the US is donating the USCGC Boutwell to Philippines along with the research vessel, RV Melville during his visit to the Philippines last November 17. Obama traveled to Manila in November 2015 for the APEC Leaders’ Summit.