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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 13, 2013 4:06 AM PST

In a bid to strengthen the strong relations between the two countries, the Royal Canadian Navy has been on a goodwill tour to the Philippines.

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina has arrived at the port of Manila Tuesday and the Royal Canadian military ship will be in the country till Feb 16, according to Canada's Ambassador to the Philippines Christopher Thornley.

"I am pleased to welcome HMCS Regina, its officers and crew to Manila. The Philippines has always been a very good host to our fleet and I know this visit will further strengthen a relationship that bridges the Pacific Ocean," Philippine newspaper Sun Star quoted the Canadian ambassador as saying.

Lieutenant Commander Gregory Fabic, acting spokesperson of the Philippine Navy, told the media that the goodwill visit was a chance for them to learn from their Canadian counterparts.

"The ship tour and exchange of expertise would provide added knowledge to our personnel," said Fabic in a phone interview with the Philippine newspaper Phil Star.

The acting spokesperson also told the paper that the two navies would also engage in friendly games to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

This is the first goodwill visit by the Canadian navy department since 1996.

The military has around 250 personnel onboard and is the fifth of 12 Halifax-Class frigates that have served the Royal Canadian Navy since 1992.

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