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The latest acquisition of the Philippine Navy, the now-decommissioned USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715), was sighted in its post-decommissioned form at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, CA on the 4th of May 2011. This ship was partly hidden behind the USCGC Boutwell, which recently hosted 21 Philippine Navy personnel on its last cruise as part of their training for duties onboard the aforementioned cutter.
Although the Boutwell obscured the Hamilton, it did present an opportunity to highlight the equipment that had been removed from the ship.
|CIWS removed||SPS-40 Air Search Radar removed|
|Flight deck cameras removed||Assorted electronics removed|
|SPS-73 Surface Search Radar removed. Mk. 92 FCS retained|
The Hamilton acquisition was first reported in the Philippine media in January of this year. Efforts to acquire it, however, were in motion at least as far back as May of 2010, if not earlier. According to the Defense Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Website, the actual transfer was approved on the 13th of January of this year.