PH to receive another stripped down ship from US


Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin

MANILA, Philippines – The United States (US) will strip down the USS Dallas of its modern equipment before being transferred to the Philippine Navy despite appeals from the Philippine officials.

Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said in a text message “it will be the same as the [BRP Gregorio] del Pilar,” a sister ship of the Dallas that was earlier acquired by the Navy without its on board weapons and communications systems.

The Dallas, a 45-year-old retired ship of the US Coast Guard, was acquired by the Philippines for about P450 million, or $10 million, which was almost the same price as the earlier acquired BRP Gregorio del Pilar.

The Dallas was expected to arrive during the latter part of the year and will be renamed the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, a former Filipino naval officer who fought against the Japanese in World War II.

General Jessie Dellosa, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff, will formally accept the Dallas in a turnover ceremony to be held in Charleston, South Carolina, Tuesday.

BRP Alcaraz will undergo retrofitting and refurbishing and a crew of Filipino sailors will undergo training in the US before the ship will be brought into the country.

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  • rodulio

    China is about to loose $Billions of contract.

    “Chinese fake parts ‘flood’ US military—Senate report”

    WASHINGTON – More than a million Chinese counterfeit electronic parts are estimated to be in use in US military aircraft, according to a US Senate report released Monday saying the discovery jeopardizes safety and national security.
    The Senate Armed Services Committee said its year-long investigation launched by Democratic chairman Carl Levin and ranking Republican John McCain uncovered 1,800 cases of bogus parts, including on the US Air Force’s largest cargo plane, special operations helicopters and Navy surveillance planes

    This just shows you that China is taking advantage of everything and they will pay for this.


    Their economy is not going to look good after this incident…

    hahahaha what a dog…

    • Steven

      Youre right about that. The chinese goverment will have a lot of explaining to do to their own people if the us market dries up .

      • rodulio

        There will be more…are Senator McCain doesn’t like China and a lot of people in the U.S. Congress. Believe me, expect to hear more similar stories like this. There is going to be a ramifications on China’s action. There is a report also that was provided to the U.S. Congress about China stealing technology know-how and they use that to upgrade their military. In addition to the computer technology as well and they are definitely showing that thru the internet. 

        China’s business with Washington is going to dried up as they will try to contain the dog…..

  • rodulio

    There are going to be more bad news for China the dog and PurpleDaisy13 the pest…


  • Rene V

    the BRPs del Pilar and Alcaraz are classified as weather high endurance cutters. these ships are capable to sail in even the worst stormy weather of our typhoon season. we have the good basics. it is up to us to equip these assets. we have a big brain asset which we did dot tap. i am specifically asking our Electronics and Engineering students  from MAPUA, dela Salle, UST  Science High School students to step up on the plate and invent and innovate and i mean weapons systems! it is up to the government to give the incentive and i know this will be good!

  • Wan

    tama si Rene V.. pasalamat tayo at merong naibigay kahit pakitang tao ang US.. ayan n barko sa atin n high endurance cutter e di armasaan natin using the ingenuity ng Pinoy.. kung walang lokal talaga, tap ung mga Pinoy na nasa ibang bansa na nasa related fields – electronics & armaments.. kung wala pa rin send the two ships sa ibang country na kaya magretrofit ng modernong kagamitan to make the ships more formidable.. walang mangyayari kung panay tayo puna, reklamo, ngalngal.. dapat esep esep.. positively.. God bless the Philippines!   

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    • Bo_XiLai

      Your president is grandson Chairman Mao. Aquino works for CCP.

  • PHtaxpayer

    The BRP GDP cost PH taxpayers over P430M taken from the Malampaya funds.  Imagine that, foreign oil companies Shell and Chevron take 90% of the natural gas revenues from Malampaya gas fields off Palawan while the 10% left to the PH govt is used to buy American weapons which are obsolete and ineffective to the mission of protecting our sovereign territory.  What kind of racket is that???!  

    PH-US relations regarding military modernization is a hugely corrupt system.  The US gets to have FREE bases, free passage and access for their military ships, planes and covert operations while we have to put up with their political interference and conflict with another nuclear armed superpower as well as the many international terrorist groups that are looking to target them. 

    • Bo_XiLai

      Yes, PH should help China destroy USA. USA steal Pilipin money and land. They cheat the government and people. And they rape pilipina girls! China your brother and protector.

      • sh1seadad

        shut up moron your nuts too

    • Richard

      The U.S. gives the Philippines much more than the Philippines gives the U.S. and that is a fact. The U.S. did not get “free” bases, they paid very well for them, in fact much more than what they should have. The U.S. has give millions of Filipino the opportunity to come to their country and have better life’s for them and their family’s, has give billions (USD) in economic aid and on and on. What do you want? The ship they gave us is still a good ship and very capable and there are many just like still in the U.S. Navy. As far as the weapons goes of course they take them off, standard practice really when you surplus a ship. 

      • Richard

         Oh yeah, and those free bases you speak of pump in millions of peso of revenue to the Philippine economy you silly boy :)

      • PHtaxpayer

        I guess you prefer being pumped by big American —- than small pinoy —-, eh?

      • sh1seadad

        This young PHtaxpayer is a very confused government leftist. He has no idea what he is talking about. He is so confused and has a twisted mind.

      • PHtaxpayer

        Oh, wow, you still have that ignorant colonial mentality to think we should surrender our sovereignty to a foreign power that has conquered us before just because they give us “the opportunity to come to their country”??  Fyi US was built on immigration.  Without immigration, US would not be the superpower she is now.   Chinese, Russians, North Koreans, Vietnamese and Iranians all have immigration to America.  Do you see US base sin these countries?

    • sh1seadad

      Young man you dont know what you are talking about. I do not know where you get all your information but you sure are confused.

  • JB

    Actually this ship can be fitted of guided missile and ASW only the Phil. Govt . did not want to do it. because why it see3ms their pocket will be empty.

    Look Bangladesh country is very poor but they capability to arm their navy the Gallatin will delivered this year to Bangladesh when they arrive they will retrofit of guided missile and ASW weapon. to the fact that AFP do not want to spend much money in the Navy ship.


    • PHtaxpayer

      No this is a patrol ship of cutter, more like a Corvette, not even a frigate – 3,250 tons.  Frigates are about double the weight. 

      You cannot just slap on guided missiles cuz you need to install the radars and targetting systems.  There may be no space in the ship to do this or the ship was not designed for it.  ASW requires fitting a bulbous nose for the sonar, torpedo launcher system, depth charges (only Russians have these) and a helicopter landing pad for the ASW helo.  The ASW Helo alone will cost more than the BRP GDP.  

      So its useless.  Only good for scaring fishermen, except if they are Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian or Taiwanese.  Oh, and it’s good for giving aircon trips for VIP’s to Palawan.  Fuel costs alone will cost over P100M.  Nice!

  • JB

    Wala pong problema yan ang nakukuha sa malampaya 1 billion dollars a year so easy to pay ang problema po ay corruption una sa AFP pangalawa sa mga galamay at pangatlo sa departamento ng bansa ang bureaucracy po yan ang nagd adala sa pinas ng malaking sakit ng ulo lalong lalo na sa AFP at DND po kaya kawawa lang ang mamayan nililigaw lang parati.

  • notmeitsthedog

    may isang sayangtis daw na nagsasabi na kung yun kotse napatakbo daw ng Pinoy gamit ang tubig, siya naman daw kaya niya patakbuhin ang mga barko sa tubig. Enge lang daw 3 million research fund from the government.

    Yung nakaimbento ng kotseng tumatakbo sa tubig, hoax lang yan, pero sigurado ako, yung barko, tatakbo talaga sa tubig yan. Diba?

  • sh1seadad

    You Filipineo’s should stop talking about going to war with China. You could not win anyway so why talk about it. If you would stop talking about going to war with china a country you cannot beat you would not need the striped down ships you are all complaning about. I just do not understand what some of you are thinking. And for all you anti American leftest shut up about these ships and bases America is not over there bothering you!!!!!!!!. You people get aid and have been for many many years and you still complain about it you should be ashamed of yourselves the American people who you hate so much worked hard for that money and paid taxes on ther income. Do you leftest have jobs are do you sit arround and wait for handouts and complain if it isnt not as much as you want. Shame on you

    • Mick Ey

      Phil need not go to war and beat china. Phil only has to attain strategic stalemate. China has to sail 1000km to fight obver some rocks, the Phil needs to sail only 150Km. Phils can replenish and be back in half a day. Phils dont need capital ships, smaller fast craft operating in a pack will do (eg, missile gun boats). Defense is cheap, offense is expensive. With the correct strategy, a $1M missile system can sink a $100M capital ship.

      If china knows it will sustain heavy damage in fighting over some rocks, they will surely think twice about it.

      The Phils lefties are chinese decoys, Fils dont take them seriously over here, in fact theyre being spat at.

    • tom_batuta

      Yup, we Filipinos will not win a war with China. That’s the job of the USA. The fact is USA will contain China because of their insatiable appetite for oil/gas/energy and their growing economy is being used to fund their military strength – which the US doesn’t like. China has been grabbing land from Xinjiang, Tibet and Mongolia to explore for energy sources and now that the west Phil Sea is showing signs of a good prospect, they want to take over it. China has a target to double its gas production by 2015.

      Just watch the “Dialogue” program in CCTV with John Mearsheimer as guest. And boy, It was a true eye-opener. 

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