2nd US warship sold to Philippines also stripped of guns

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin

Washington has turned down Manila’s request to retain the entire weapons system in the second US Coast Guard cutter the Philippines is acquiring from the United States.

Top Filipino military officials flew to the US last weekend for the ceremonial turnover on May 23 of the 378-ft USCG Dallas in North Charleston, South Carolina.

According to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, the second cutter will also have most of its weapons removed as happened with the first cutter acquired from the US by the Philippine Navy last year.

In the case of what is now the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, all its weapons were removed except for a 76-mm Oto Melara automatic cannon.

In a meeting in Washington on April 30, Gazmin personally asked his counterpart, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, to keep the USCG Dallas in its original state and to restore the weapons that were removed from its sister ship, the Gregorio del Pilar.

The Gregorio del Pilar is currently the biggest and most modern warship in the Philippine Navy fleet which still relies on World War II-vintage vessels.

Symbolic turnover

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Jessie Dellosa and Philippine Navy Fleet commander Rear Admiral Jose Luis Alano will take possession of the Dallas during a symbolic turnover on Wednesday.

The vessel will be renamed the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, after the World War II hero and former fleet commander, and will be under the command of Navy Captain Ernesto Baldovino.

In April 1942, Alcaraz was commander one of the Philippines’ three torpedo boats that shot down three of nine attacking Japanese fighter planes.

After the turnover, the Philippine Navy crew will undergo training before they sail the ship home to the Philippines.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAYZCQ4KSBQRKR2LLGX5XRMXFI pepe

    2nd US warship sold to Philippines also stripped of guns, siguro noong wala pang internet mapapaniwala ako na ibinenta ng US ang Dallas.. pero sa ngayon harsh remark ang aabutin ninyo PDI kasi mismong sa US defense articles na ako kumukuha ng news info regarding this… 

    What a pity to PDI na hanggang ngayon hindi pa nila alam na ang Dallas ay grant at hindi sold.. or something for deceiving the public…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAYZCQ4KSBQRKR2LLGX5XRMXFI pepe

    To people who were brainwashed by this article USCG Dallas is not sold to Philippines, this ship is given for free with no cost… the only thing the Philippine paid is for refurbishing… kawawa ang mga hindi nakakaintindi… look for other sources don’t stick your nose to this site…

    Hmmm… magkano kaya ang hatian ng Inquirer at ng ibang opisyales sa amount ng declaration na “sold”?

    • juantamadnatamad

       Please!! Somebody should look at how much Mike Arroyo sold this ship to the Philippine government.

  • http://twitter.com/arvinic Arvin Acosta

    Dismayado ako nang umakyat ako sa BRP Goryo Del Pilar. Walang missile, walang torpedo, automatic cannon lang at machine gun. Anong laban nito sa missile destroyer ng Tsina? Mabuti na Japan, kahit maliliit bigay, mga bago naman.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H64OMUZZAV6WFG3XNO4SUAYSJU bobski43

    Brp Goryo was formerly the USCG HAMILTON WHEC 115 the lead ship being the 1st of it’s class and the DALLAS is the WHEC 116 base on there No. it is the 2nd ship,  this two are the oldest in the fleet of WHEC’s. the Phils. needs more modern ships to guard it’s territory…..

  • f35

    What good is a “supposed” warship without its main armaments ? Does Leon Panetta expect our naval crew to just ram a hostile ship in a sea battle ?
    Once again, the Philippines, which is regarded as the oldest and the most loyal of all U.S. allies is being taken for a ride. All because they hated us so much when we ousted them from the Philippines at the end of their base leases.
    Boys and girls of our armed forces, start cleaning up your ranks, develop a strong military, and stop thinking about any help from America. America’s help, if any, always comes at a price. And often times, the Philippines is always at a big disadvantage.

    • to0

      The Americans should think twice before arming our military. There are big number of Chinese infiltrators in our military. Some are already retired like ExGeneral Ermita. Way back then, I saw our ONLY SPY PLANE, a Fokker Friendship, F-27 over shot the Laoag International Airport. It was deliverately done. The Air Force Pilot, two of them has fair skin with slit eyes, landed our only Surveillance Aircraft in the last 1/4th of the runway, and slowly taxied all the way to the river bank which is on the end of the north runway. It was damage beyond repair. Who in his crazy mind would land an Airplane in the last 1/4 of the runway? Answer: Chinese Infiltrator in our military.

      Better to invite the Americans to establish dozens of military base here and employee those people dependent on Banana Export to China to have priority employment to those American Base. We solve two things, the Banana workers can work in the American Base, and we will have rentals for the use of our land. 

      The Chinese is only noisy. They will lose if they fight the Americans. McArthur, the General of the South East Asian Treaty Organization should have bombed the Chinese out of existence during the Korean war. With just 6 A-Bomb, China is no more.

  • unconventionalthinker

    The USA will play out the Philippines once again just like what it did before ,when spain and the Philippines had a dispute over fight for independence.
    The USA promised to help the Philippines against spain but instead the USA colonised and took over the Philippines.
    History may be repeated yet again except that this time China will retain control of the south China sea while the USA again betrayed the Philippines and colonise the whole of the Philippines yet again.
    China and the USA become the winners while the Philippines lose again.

    • to0

      You are a yellow monkey. You want the Filipinos to go against the Americans while you take over our Commerce and our Government? He heh e. Fake nationalist. Why no go back to China. Live in the Gobi Dessert, there are just few lizards there, you can have it all.

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