Quantcast

BRP Ramon Alcaraz enters PH – Navy

By |

The BRP Ramon Alcaraz is the second Hamilton-class cutter that was acquired by the Philippine Navy under the Foreign Military Sales Program of the United States. The ship was named after Philippine Navy Commodore Ramon Alcaraz, a World War II hero who commanded the Philippine Offshore Patrol’s Q-Boat Q-112 Abra which shot down three Japanese aircraft. US EMBASSY PHOTO RELEASE

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ second warship, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, arrived early Thursday from an almost-two month voyage from the United States.

The warship, with 88 Navy personnel on board led by Captain Ernesto Baldovino, entered the Philippine area of responsibility past 1 a.m., Navy spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic  told INQUIRER.net.

“It is expected to be in Casiguran, Aurora by Friday morning,” Fabic said, but declined to provide the current location of the ship for operational security purposes.

In Casiguran, BRP Ramon Alcaraz will be welcomed by local fishing vessels.

The next day (August 3), BRP Gregorio del Pilar will welcome BRP Ramon Alcaraz on Bolinao waters.

The ship is expected to anchor in Subic Bay on Sunday (August 4). A formal welcome ceremony  will be held at Alava Wharf at Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales on Tuesday (August 6).

The decommissioned US Coast Guard ship, left Charleston in South Carolina in USA last June 10. It made port stops in Mayport in Florida; San Diego in California; Hawaii and Guam.

Related story:

Country’s 2nd warship starts voyage from US to PH


Follow Us







Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Short URL: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/?p=82061

  • Commentator

    They should get more warships preferably the new one and station them in Palawan and in Batanes. That is where the hot spot now.

    • $44479964

      Naval fleet in Palawan, Subic, and Batanes.

    • kanoy

      THESE USCGC ARE NOT ”WARSHIPS” THE RP ”WARSHIPS”

      THEY ARE PATROL BOATS

      THE RP HAS 1 WARSHIP– THE OLDEST WARSHIP IN THE WORLD–NOW MOTHBALLED

      THIS IS BOTH MISLEADING AND FALSE

      BRP Gregorio del Pilar, the Philippine
      Navy’s only ”battleship”, is a 48-year-old Hamilton-class cutter acquired
      from the United States in 2011.
      BRP Ramon Alcaraz, the
      Philippine Navy’s second ”warship”, is a 45-year old frigate, also a
      Hamilton class cutter that was brought from the US Coast Guard for P450
      million (Dh37.5 million) last May 2012.
      A USCGC IS NEITHER A ”WARSHIP” NOR A ”BATTLESHIP”

      LOANS LOANS AS THE PESO DECLINES
      July 12, 2013: The Philippines has decided to buy two newly built Italian Maestrale class frigates for $208 million each.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Working hard to throw the wrench of doubt in the works? Won’t work troll, nobody buys the concocted lies you so carefully researched!!

  • boybakal

    Salamat naman at makakarating na rin.
    Dapat diretso sa Shipyard ng mga Koreano sa Subic for check up….sa layo ng biyahe baka pupugak pugak na.

    Welcome kahit wala pa.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Great. The Philippines should also get the third Hamilton class cutter offered under US military aid. Although armed to the minimum, it is something to start with till budget allows it to be upgraded with more weapon systems.

    • kanoy

      BUDGET WILL NEVER ALLOW FOR IT AS LONG AS THE RP CONTINUES TO DEPEND ON THE TAX LOSING OFW PROGRAM FOR JOBS
      NO JOBS IN THE RP
      NO TAXES PAID TO THE RP
      NO MILITARY OR INFRASTRUCTURE MONEY ACCUMULATED

      • opinyonlangpo

        Their professionals are also mostly tax evaders. BoC is corrupt, the pork barrels are scammed, overpaid senators, and so on money losing endeavors. Anyway they still got lots of money for their CCT dole outs, so somehow they will be able to arrange funding for weapons upgrade. These Hamilton class cutters are sitting ducks till they equip it with CIWS, I am sure they will upgrade it before sending into a combat zone.

  • Patikotiko

    Bawasan 50% PDAF ng Senador at Congressman at ibili ng jet fighters na may exoset missiles. malakas na pang suporta yan sa Del Pilar at Alcaraz.. “Buy less China made products” and “Buy more ng “Sariling Atin”.

  • $31594090

    A coast guard cutter should not be mistaken for a warship.

    Anyway, I hope this is the last big ship for the Ph navy. The two coast guard cutters alone will eat up the small Ph defense budget of $75 million on maintenance and operation; that is compensation with retirement pay for the crew, periodic ammunition expense, energy use, wear and tear are just few of the many expenses that these ships are going to cost the government. Having large ships that can easily be annihilated in less than one hour is an exercise in futility. This is not the way to win scare tactic with the Chinese.

    As I stated before, review the Falkland war and deduce from it. Ph needs a small fast attack sea-going craft that can sink a ship with a missile; a dozen fighter jets with air-to-ship missiles; and mobile land based missiles that can shoot down warplanes and nuclear missiles. With such war package, China will be forced to review their aggression toward the Philippines.

    These will also eliminate the most expensive cost: manpower, energy and maintenance for war machines that are not even on par with China.

    THINK BIG!!! Ph can have most of this package in 5 years if this country have the will to do so.

    • $31594090

      Correction: At least a dozen small fast attack sea-going craft with missiles should be in order.

      • Garo Ungaro

        Correct, wolf pack PT/gunboats can cover the whole islands and cheaper to maintain at the same time had much firepower if properly fitted with latest naval toys…Small PT/gunboats did a lot of damage on Japanese navy during WW2..Sometimes our priorities are beyond realities…?

    • delpillar

      The heavy casualties in the UK side was inflicted heavily by ONE RETIRED DECOMMISIONED US NAVY Destroyer USS Allen Sumner (1940′s) bought by Argentina and some French-made jet fighters with just a total of 5 pieces of Exocet Missiles. Had the 10 or more Exocet Missiles were not intercepted on the way to Argentina, more British Casualties could had been inflicted.

      Anti-Ship missiles with Beyond-Visual Range (BVR) hitting capabilities needs a ship of 2,000 ton displacement. You will put not only the missile itself but the targeting radar, holder tubes, and a lot of other things. So on the part of the Philippine Navy, the only candidates for BVR Missile capabilities are:
      HAMILTON-CLASS = 2 ships
      PEACOCK-CLASS = 3 ships
      CYCLONE-CLASS = 1 ship

      • $31594090

        Thank you for your comment. But let me reserved my opinion.

  • Rejenal Pang

    The Philippine Navy’s newly acquired warship, BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF16),
    arrived in the Philipine Area of Responsibility (PAR) 1 am Thursday,
    August 1, according to Navy spokesman Lt Commander Gregory Fabic.

    PAR specifically refers to the area where the government weather
    bureau is tasked to monitor cyclones. The ship will arrive in Philippine
    waters on Friday, August 2.
    it will not cross the 10 dash lines

    • Zmar

      how would you know if it crosses your mythical inconsistent X-dashed lines?

    • delpillar

      Alcaraz will be passing to two only possible route.

      (1) TAIWAN STRAIT/BALINTANG CHANNEL then go as far as 100-km off-coast in the South China Sea, west of the Ilocos, Pangasinan, La Union and Zambales. 9-DASH line is a very vague (clear as mud) line. It does not have the measurement how far from the SEA countries shore it is located. It was just drawn by some LUNATIc CHinese some thousand or hundred years ago during the time when the LUNAR gravity was at its maximum during the FULL-MOON. Every time there is a full-moon until these present day, many Chinese, including those in the PLA become lunatic again reviving the crazy map that their lunatic ancestors had drawn.

      (2) San Bernadino Strait between Samar and Sorsogon then to masbate Ragay Gulf, Sibuyan Sea, Tayabas Bay then Batangas-Lubang/Mindoro Strait before going to Subic Bay.

  • Garo Ungaro

    The vietnamese will received their first of the (6) promised submarine (Black hole) class from Russia…Now everybody is beefing up their naval toys…?

  • Dadi Jordy

    It looks menacing, but it only has a main battle GUN. It doesn’t have Phalanx (the automatic Gatling gun that detects and destroys upcoming missiles from enemy, which was unfortunately stripped off by US navy when the ship was given to us) nor does it have anti-air, anti-ship missiles (like Harpoon, Sea Sparrow, Exocet, etc). If you do NOT have these and you’re caught in an armed conflict in the middle of the sea, you’d be a sitting duck, an easy target. Those weapons are NECESSARY for protecting our waters against EXTERNAL threat. For NOW, the two ships we have are only good for INTERNAL threat, and can just be used against illegal fishermen, smuggler, etc. I hope the PHIL govt will equip those ships with those weapons AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

  • neverwint3r

    can everybody just stop referring to these as ‘warships’, these are not warships nor were they designed to be. they are for use by the coast guard to patrol coastlines and chase smugglers, pirates and foreign fishermen/poachers and enforce maritime laws and search and rescue-not engage in a military conflict. therefore, no need for missiles or phalanx or torpedoes.

    the maintenance of these ships are already expensive. if the phils. is swimming in a lot of cash-well, actually it is but is only exclusively for use as pork barrel by the senators/congressmen-then it would buy more advanced hardware.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement
Marketplace