Indigenous LCU (BU-296) arrives in Manila

The largest locally-built navy vessel has arrived in Metro Manila. The BU-346, provisionally named “BRP Tagbanua” arrived from the Philippine Iron Construction & Marine Works (PICMW) shipyard on a voyage that also served as its sea trial. According to AFP sources, the results were deemed satisfactory. This vessel commissioned later this month, long with BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15).

For a timeline on the LCU project, see:  http://adroth.ph/afpmodern/?p=845

For additional information about the ship see the following Timawa.net discussion: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=15958.0