Interaksyon, the news portal of TV5, reports that when the USCGC Dallas will be turned over to the Philippine Navy, it will be renamed the BRP Ramon Alcaraz. The following is an excerpt of the relevant article.
Philippines’ second warship to be named Ramon Alcaraz, World War II hero
06-May-12, 1:54 PM | Chichi Conde, [...]
The United States Department of State issued a press release about the recently concluded US-PH Strategic Dialogue that included the following notation about the transfer of the USCGC Dallas to the Philippines:
Toward a Deeper Alliance: United States-Philippines Bilateral Cooperation
Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 27, 2012
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Defense and Security [...]
The Philippine Information Agency announced (see here) that the Philippine Navy will conduct an open house for the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) on February 5, 2012 the Puerto Princessa Anchorage Area. The PF-15 arrived in Palawan on the 25th of December, 2011 and has since been patrolling the waters around the KIG.
BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), the Philippine Navy flagship, will perform a naval gunfire test on the 24th and 25th of January, west of Tubbataha Reef, Palawan. Details are available on the following Notice to Mariners (NOTAM):
Notice To Mariners No. 009-2012 Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that:
Coast Guard Island’s proximity to a public marina made shipspotting efforts for the USCGC Hamilton relatively easy. Unless the transfer of the USCGC Dallas takes place at the same venue, observation of the transfer at WHEC-176′s current home port will present challenges for PN modernization watchers.
Based on the following references, WHEC-716 is based at [...]
The Philippine Navy officially acknowledged on its Website that it had sent a Joint Visual Inspection (JVI) team to the US, from October 31 to November 5, to inspect the USCGC Dallas (WHEC-716) in Charleston, North Carolina. This confirms the PN press release shared on the Timawa.net forum on November 7, 2011 at 10:53 [...]
Vice Admiral Alexander Pama, in an interview with ABS-CBN (see here), reported that the Philippines is working to acquire two more Hamilton class Weather, High Endurance Cutters (WHEC). Rear Admiral Orwen Cortez, Philippine Navy vice commander, will reportedly be arriving in the US in November to inspect the first of two additional WHECs. The third [...]
The following is an excerpt from an ongoing discussion about armament options for the PF-15. This was written by this blog’s owner. This discussion can be found here:
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It would make sense to rationalize these weapons suggestions by matching them with specific objectives. Once that is accomplished, we can actually classify [...]
An interview with the Flag Officer In Command (FOIC) of the Philippine Navy, explaining why the ex-USCGC Hamilton was chosen, and what it brings to the table.
Key data points in the interview:
@1:40: Getting two more WHECs. Resources are available, negotitations already ongoing
@3:39: The importance of the ability to handle sea-states that [...]
BRP Gregorio del Pilar left Alameda on the 18th of July, 2011. She cast off at 1718H, and was underway by 1738H. The PN flagship is expected to make her first stop in Hawaii on July the 27th before proceeding to Guam, and then the Philippines.
After her arrival in the Philippines, she may spend [...]