By Steve Angeles, ABS CBN North America Bureau
July 4, 2013
SAN DIEGO–The crown jewel of the Philippines Navy is on its way to the Philippines the BSR Ramon Alcaraz PF 16.
The ship was acquired from the US Coast Guard in 2012 and underwent renovations and testing for the past year.
The 378-foot long battle shipped is equipped with twin Diesel engines and a canon, but also the comforts
of home — with Filipino cooking on board and balikbayan boxes full of gifts from the Filipino community in South Carolina where the ship departed from last month.
It’s the second ship the US has given to the Philippines in the past two years as the Philippine military continues to upgrade its fleet.
Upon receiving it President Aquino asked that this ship be named after a Filipino naval hero, and his team’s research dug up World War II hero Commodore Ramon Alcaraz who passed away four years ago.
The Alcaraz family now based in Southern California came to visit the ship.
“I’m so happy, I don’t know, I’m so happy (laugh crying) my husband is smiling up there, said the late commodore’s widow Concepcion.
The PF16 will patrol the seas surrounding the Philippines…including the west Philippine Sea where the Philippones and China are caught in a territorial dispute.
“Hindi lang Spratly kundi sa buong lugar ng Pilipinas kung saan na kailangan ng presence ng malaking barko,” explained Captain Ernesto Baldovino.
The PF 16 will leave San Diego on Friday, taking a three week journey to the Philippines with brief stops in Hawaii and Guam.
When it arrives in Subic it will get a new paint job before its commissioned and activated for duty.
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Fair Winds and Following Seas
Really??? Battle shipped? (with ed) I though its a frigate? Another example of a misguided and irresponsible journalism.
It’s not a Frigate. It was a WHEC in the US Coast Guard. WHEC = Weather Heavy Endurance Cutter. It was a good ship. I am sure the new Philippine Crew will do it proud.
It was reclassified as a frigate with the PN. It may be true for its old classification as a WHEC under the uscg service. But calling it a battle ship sounds too much.
Reporter needs to research further. pathetic.. talk about right grammar and facts. He doesn’t have both.