Philippine Navy’s newest warship arrives from US


The BRP Rajah Humabon (photo above), a Cannon-class destroyer-escort built during World War II, will be replaced by the BRP Gregorio del Pilar as the Philippines’ biggest warship. The Del Pilar is expected to arrive in the country from the United States in three weeks. PHOTO COURTESY OF US NAVY

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Navy’s newest and biggest warship, the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, arrived in the country Wednesday afternoon after a two-week voyage from the US.

The ship, manned by 13 officers and 82 enlisted personnel under the command of Captain Alberto Cruz, entered the Philippine area of responsibility at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

“It is expected to pass the San Bernardino Strait off the Bicol region,” Navy spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Omar Tonsay said in a text message.

He said the ship is expected to anchor at the Manila Bay on Sunday around 8 a.m. to undergo customs, immigration and quarantine inspection.

The formal arrival and welcome ceremony will be held at the Manila South Harbor on Tuesday next week, according to Tonsay.

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, a decommissioned US Coast Guard ship, left Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on August 1.

It made a brief stop in Guam and departed on August 14 to continue its voyage.

The 378-foot (115-meter) ship is the biggest and most modern warship in the Philippine Navy fleet, which are comprised mostly of World War II-vintage battleships.

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  • hardworker

    respond kingsea007.China,USA,are out of the picture.dapat pasalamat tayo at kahit paano ay mayroon tayo warship.itigil na natin ang negative comment sa ating motherland Filipinas.Instead maging example na  sa mga kabataan.para tularan nila ang kanilang naririnig at nakikita,dahil unang pag-aaral ay nagmumula sa loob ng tahanan,books naman sa eskwelahan.Magkaisa na tayo kapatid.

  • Falayfay

    sure ba to na di second hand? hahaha

  • Anonymous

    sana lagyan ng anti-air at anti-ship missile itong BRP Gregorio para makasabay TALAGA sa modern warfare. Walang silbi ang laki nito kung wala namang missile na armas na tatapat smga external threats ng bansa.Oto melara gun is just a modern conventional warfare.

  • Dimitriv

    good start para defense program…atleast hindi yan papogi sa media tulad nung panahon ni arroyo…puro ghost projects…they always have the money and we hope they should spent it right

  • Anonymous

    tama! peace bro…!!!!

  • Jeselito Cenabre

    we are in the right direction in acquiring the hamilton class cutter.  but these ship while in the U.S Coastguard has a weapon system missile capable such as anti-shipping and anti aircraft.  Hope we can upgrade to have a missile system.  The United States offered to us 8 of these boats hope we can get at least 3 of these and again upgrade with missiles.  Instead of buying more boats, i believed we have still 3 Peacock Corvettes and new fast patrol boats, i think is much cheaper to spend  more on upgrading them capable to launch missiles.  Lets just follow the example of the Israeli Navy no major warships but a lot of missile boats.  In regards to our airforce, i think buying a second hand f-16 fighter is more practical because it is cheaper than the T-50 Eagle brand new trainer jet which has a price value of more than 25 million dollars.  But a second hand F-16 is a real deterrent than a T-50.  The F-16 is still the primary fighter of the majority of the European countries and Asia (Israel, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Pakistan) and with almost ten thousand (4,000 in the USAF Inventory) of these birds still flying i still believe there is still a lot spare parts to last for 20 years or more if we will buy it now.  With the high price of the 5th generation fighters such as F22 and F35 that range from 70 million to 130 million dollars per unit these countries with f-16s prefer to upgrade rather than buy the 5th generation fighters.  After all, the USAF can only afford 180 F-22s and the F-35 future to replaced the f-16s still on the balance (F-15s were already upgraded to Stealth F-15 Silent Eagle to cope up with these shortage and maybe for the f-16s). 
    Decision should be made now!  After all with the price of the T-50 is near 30 million dollars we are only capable to buy at the most of 5 jets from Korea.  The brand new f-16 is within 40 million dollars if we can bargain it to 5 to 10 million dollars  (f-16 As) i think we can get 12 jets.   Pilots with SU-30 or J-10 will have goosebumps if they will encounter a second hand f-16s in the sky.  After all the F-16 is not only a fighter but it is also a bomber, beware naval ships intruding in the Spratlys,   Bring half a squadron in the Kalayaan Island then we will have peace in the region.

  • Jeselito Cenabre

    the hamilton class is a second hand ship but it is not a junk.  there is a newer class that replaced the hamilton class.  However, it is only the Hamilton Class a coast guard cutter, some of the boats were armed with a harpoon missile and phalanx.  The new boat that replaced the Hamilton, the National Security Cutter is now pure coast guard cutter without a missile system.
    The Hamilton Class can be immediately upgraded with a missile system and phalanx because it is designed to carry.

  • Anonymous

    Magaling eto si Joselito C! saludo ako sa iyo. Yung 3 Peacock ships pwede upgrade with ASM capabilities on short notice. yung cyclone kuha pa tayo 4-5 EDA and upgrade them with ASM capabilities plus get 2 European Missile corvettes for sale or lease. Dont worry abt seakeeping dahil sa North Sea pansabak nila against the Russian fleet in the northwest flank of NATO during the Cold War. Besides pag masama panahon, tago din mga singkit sa bagyo, suka din sila ng noodles!

    F-16 pa rin ang most reliable! Yung lead-in trainer will have no defense value. Do not worry about pilot training. we can use fms training for that purpose. Sense of urgency people!

    In 1994 to 97, Ambassador Rabe a career diplomat par excellence at that, was successful in convincing the members of US Senate to release the 24+ of Pakistani F16 embargoed, with 12 to be given to RP and the remaining to be sold to Taiwan. Sad to note nobody back home picked it up! Gusto bumili he. . he.

    Air defense radars nuon- may available 12 under EDA  AN/TPS 32 a 3D state-of -the-art mobile tactical air-defense radars that can scan the sky 300nautical miles away and 100,000ft high. We could have made 6 imdtly operational and the remaining as source of spare parts. Ayaw din gusto bumili. Bakit kaya? Hay Pilipinas kong mahal!

  • Dimitriv

    madaling magcanvass mahirap bumili

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