Australia hands over 2 ships to PH Navy

"A very shallow draft (two meters) allows these ships to deliver personnel and equipment to areas otherwise unreachable especially during Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations," the embassy noted in a statement.The Australian embassy described the LCH as "an extremely versatile vessel, capable of moving large amounts of cargo, personnel and equipment from larger ships to shore."

Australia decommissioned the ships last year. They will arrive in the Philippines next week. – Carmela Fonbuena/