GUNNEX for Oto Melara ships

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The Philippine Navy scheduled two separate gunnery exercises (GUNNEX) for ships armed with Oto Melara 76mm guns. As per Notice to Mariners (NOTAM) 072-2013, BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35) will conduct an exercise, explicitly for its main weapon, on 24 July 2013 off La Monja Island in Bataan. NOTAM 074-2013, on the other hand, announced a [...]

2012: What’s happening in the AFP capability upgrade program?

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If 2011 was the modernization year of the Philippine Navy, the year 2012 was a more balanced period with significant acquisitions for all services. The following table shows some of the projects completed for each service. Note that this is not an exhaustive list of all acquisitions that occurred in the past year, and omits [...]

Developing an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) capability

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The 15-year Philippine Navy development plan, published on several newspapers discussed on the Timawa.net forum here, is noteworthy in that it highlights the navy’s recognition of the need for an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) capability. The list included a requirement for “three Logistics Support/Replenishment Ship (LSS)”.

UNREP is a process by which ships take on food, [...]

BRP Ramon Alcaraz: The next WHEC

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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, [...]

Dallas transfer to PH under congressional review

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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 [...]

Open house for PF-15

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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.

PF-15 to perform naval gunfire test

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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:

1.Reference: [...]

Shipspotting: USCGC Dallas (WHEC-716)

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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 [...]

PN confirms Dallas as next WHEC

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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 [...]

More WHECs in 2012 and 2013

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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 [...]