More WHECs in 2012 and 2013

TweetVice 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 …

Re-arming the BRP Gregorio del Pilar

TweetThe 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: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=28716.msg285987#msg285987 ===== ~~~ ===== It would make sense to rationalize these weapons suggestions by matching them with specific objectives. Once that is accomplished, we can actually classify …

PF-15: An ABS-CBN interview with VADM Alexander Pama

TweetAn 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. Interview 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 …

PF-15 sailing into drydock

TweetBRP 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 …

Back in port

TweetPhotographs of PF-15 sailing past Alcatraz island, seemingly heading out to the Golden Gate, surfaced on the Timawa forum on June 27, 2011. This spurred speculation that the ship was already on the way to the Philippines. That apparently wasn’t the case. The following photograph taken on the 2nd of July show the Philippine Navy …

She is ours!!!

TweetTimawa.net/forum discussion: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=25937.msg270556#msg270556 The photographs below chronicle the transformation of the USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715) into the BRP Gregorio del Pilar. The sun-and-stars was fully raised on 1418H May 13, 2011. This is the second ship to bear this name. The previous bearer of the name, PF-8, was also a former US Coast Guard ship, the USCGC McCulloch (WHEC-386), a …

Schedule for Hamilton turnover to the PN announced

TweetTimawa.net/forum discussion: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=27070.msg266772#msg266772 According to the 11th Coast Guard District Public Affairs department, the ex-USCGC Hamilton will be turned over to the Philippine Navy in a ceremony at Coast Guard Island, Alameda, CA, at 2:00 p.m. on Friday the 13th of May. The affair is closed to the public is only open to member of the …

Ex-USCGC Hamilton at Coast Guard Island

TweetTimawa.net/forum discussion: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=25937.msg269454#msg269454 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 …