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2nd warship’s arrival delayed


The Philippines may have to wait until April next year to deploy its second warship, even as tensions triggered by conflicting ownership claims over islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) are expected to escalate.

Philippine Navy chief Vice Adm. Alexander Pama on Sunday said the scheduled commissioning of the BRP Ramon Alcaraz will be delayed as the Hamilton-class cutter was still undergoing repairs and refitting in Charleston, South Carolina.

The 45-year-old frigate was formally acquired for P450 million by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) from the US Coast Guard on May 22 as part of the US government’s military assistance program for the Philippines.

“The repairs are going on so most probably [the BRP Alcaraz] will arrive in the country in late March or early April next year,” Pama told reporters in a phone interview.

 

Cause is engine installation

He said the delay was caused mainly by the installation of a new main engine on the 3,250-ton warship, which was initially scheduled to sail from the United States last May.

“That’s why we are taking this opportunity for our personnel to undergo more training,” he said.

Asked if the ship would patrol the country’s coastline in the West Philippine Sea, he said “it will be deployed wherever it may be needed.”

In his State of the Nation Address in July, President Aquino announced the BRP Alcaraz would be sailing from the United States in January 2013 as part of the much-needed upgrade in war material for the AFP.

“We are not sending paper boats out to the sea. Now our 36,000 kilometers of coastline will be patrolled by more modern ships,” the President had said, referring to the decades-old vessel which the US Coast Guard decommissioned on March 30.

Formerly the USCGC Dallas, the AFP’s second frigate was named after the late Commodore Ramon Alcaraz, a World War II hero who commanded the Q-boat Abra, which shot down three Japanese aircraft.

Like its sister ship, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, the BRP Alcaraz was classified as a high-endurance cutter built in 1968. Marlon Ramos

Originally posted: 6:34 pm | Sunday, December 2nd, 2012


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KAAEZZZL7OMMZ5K4KCFETADLSM jerome

    Not to mention ang laki ng pork barrel ng mga SENATORS/CONGRESSMAN for what????sometimes diplomacy should be accompanied by strength of arms di puro salita lang..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FWD5IDZT7SXOEHKLE3O7CGFOAE Bright

    more spending for defense.. develop navy groups, not single navy ships… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/juvann3 Juvanne Candore De Montague

    yuck frigate… d ba afford kahit heavy cruisers mn lang?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/T7PS7QEH2E7ZK5G5JUEQYUZNOE Nico

      frigate and cruisers.. that does not matter anymore

      World war 2 lang ung last time na iba ang role ng frigate sa cruiser o sa corvette

      a frigate can function like a destroyer..
      a corvette can function like a frigateTake a look at Gepard Class Frigate.. its almost like a destroyerbecause it can function like a destroyer.. may torpedo at anti submarine missile

      DEPENDE YAN SA WEAPON SYSTEMS NA NAKA INSTALLwala yan sa pa lakihan

  • rodulio

    Philippines is weak…just keep crying to your big daddy….waaaa

  • Master_Kwang_Kai_Pang

    A “Q-ship” is a Navy ship disguised as a maritime vessel – hospital ship to go after aircraft that prey on civilian / maritime vessels …  



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