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General Discussion => AFP Organization, Services, and Units => : dr demented September 24, 2016, 08:52:11 PM

: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented September 24, 2016, 08:52:11 PM
Bon Voyage FF-17

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Pictures taken 9-16-2016


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: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented September 24, 2016, 09:42:10 PM
FB page for the BRP Andres Bonifacio.  Page gets regularly update with the progress of the crew's training in Alameda.

https://www.facebook.com/BRPAndresBonifacioFF17/?hc_ref=SEARCH
: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) - ex USCGC Boutwell [WHEC-719]
: adroth September 24, 2016, 11:27:04 PM
Former Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell delivered to the Philippine Navy
Jul 21st, 2016 · Comments Off on Former Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell delivered to the Philippine Navy

http://coastguardnews.com/former-coast-guard-cutter-boutwell-delivered-to-the-philippine-navy/2016/07/21/

ALAMEDA, Calif. – A ceremony Thursday at Coast Guard Base Alameda authorized the transfer of a third decommissioned Coast Guard cutter to the Philippine Navy as part of the Excess Defense Articles program.

Rear Adm. Joseph M. Vojvodich, the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer, the presiding official, and Rear Adm. Bayani Gaerlan, Commander Philippine Fleet, both signed the transfer documents that officially released the Coast Guard cutter to the Philippine government.

The former San-Diego based Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell was christened into Philippine frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio prior to the ceremonial crew swap.

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US Coast Guard ship turned over to PH in Alameda, Calif.
By: Jun Nucum
@inquirerdotnet
INQUIRER.net US Bureau
02:04 AM July 30th, 2016

ALAMEDA, California — A third ship decommissioned by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) was turned over July 21 to the Philippine Navy at the Coast Guard Island here, the third ship delivered in five years through the excess defense article (EDA) program of the United States Armed Forces.

United States Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell (also known as high endurance cutter WHEC 719) was formally decommissioned by USCG officials on March 2016 in San Diego, California “after 48 years of distinguished service to the United States Coast Guard entered the fleet in 1968 … and (is now) transferred to the Philippine Navy,” according to Rear Admiral Joseph M. Vojvodich, the Coast Guard’s assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer.

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Now BRP Andres Bonifacio

After the turnover, USCGC Boutwell was named Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Andres Bonifacio and commissioned immediately.

Ex-US Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell was renamed Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas Andres Bonifacio after it was turned over in simple ceremonies in Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California. JUN NUCUM

Boutwell is the third ship handed over to the Armed Forces of the Philippines the two other decommissioned cutters, the San Diego-based USCGC WHEC-715 ex-Hamilton (BRP Gregorio del Pilar) and Charleston, South Carolina-based USCGC ex-Dallas (WHEC-716) now known as BRP Ramon Alcaraz.

In accepting the ship, Commander Philippine Fleet Rear Admiral Bayani Gaerlan stated that, through the EDA program, these U.S. assets will continue to strengthen and boost the Philippine Navy’s posture and credibility addressing, alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines, security concerns such as territorial integrity, maritime security, natural and man-made disasters and even internal security.

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: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) - ex USCGC Boutwell [WHEC-719]
: adroth September 24, 2016, 11:27:18 PM
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: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) - ex USCGC Boutwell [WHEC-719]
: adroth September 24, 2016, 11:27:27 PM
Reserved
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented September 29, 2016, 12:26:55 AM
Looks like the ship's departure has been pushed back to November, with an arrival in mid-December.

Anyway, based on most recent pictures of the ship, it doesn't look like a new navigational radar has been installed yet.

http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn&nid=1&rid=927233

Remaining crew of BRP Andres Bonifacio crew to arrive in Alameda, California in October

MANILA, Sept. 29 (PNA) -- The remaining crew of the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), the third Hamilton-class cutter to be commissioned in Philippine Navy (PN) service, is expected to arrive in Alameda, California by the first week of October.

This was stressed by PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in an interview Thursday.

He added that 40 officers and enlisted personnel will join the first batch of crewmembers in damage control, gunnery training and emergency drills and evolution while at port at the US Coast Guard base in Alameda, California.

The BRP Andres Bonifacio has a crew of 80 officers and naval personnel. She is expected to leave the US for her voyage home by first week of November.

Lincuna said the ship is expected to be in the Philippines by second week of December.

"She will pass by Hawaii and Guam for refueling and provisioning (before heading to the Philippines)," he added.

The USCGC Boutwell was retired from US Coast Guard service last March 16 and handed to the PN last July 21 (American time).

She will be the third Hamilton class cutter in PN service after the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) which were acquired in 2011 and 2013, respectively. (PNA)
BNB/PFN
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented October 11, 2016, 03:46:16 PM
The ship finally has its pennant number 17 on the bow.  Workers spotted on the mainmast.  Presumably working on installing the navigation radars.

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: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented October 20, 2016, 04:06:25 PM
Navigation radars have been installed.

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: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: 40niner October 20, 2016, 10:30:30 PM
@DocD -- can your camera zoom-in on the nav radars?  From afar, they're not so clear if it's KH (currently on the two other DPCF), which characteristically has sharper edges or just the regular Furunos, which has rounded corners.
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: r3mu511 October 21, 2016, 01:45:42 AM
^@chief, unless the camera is messing up the colors those antennas on ff17 look like they carry the usual royal blue colored front faces used in typical furuno antennas...
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: phichanad October 21, 2016, 04:01:06 AM
@40 if my eyes are correct the larger antenna looks edged. But as @r3m mentioned, the color looks strong on the blue side like Furuno
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: r3mu511 October 21, 2016, 04:14:35 AM
regarding the antenna end profile, the new SN36CF series of furuno antennas sport a rectangular end profile (see: http://www.furuno.com/en/merchant/chartradar/) whereas the older SN36AF series (as well as the XN12/20/24AF) had the rounded end profile... so fwiw, you can actually buy square end profile antennas from furuno now (at least for s-band nav sets)...
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: SG99n1 October 21, 2016, 09:50:09 AM
regarding the antenna end profile, the new SN36CF series of furuno antennas sport a rectangular end profile (see: http://www.furuno.com/en/merchant/chartradar/) whereas the older SN36AF series (as well as the XN12/20/24AF) had the rounded end profile... so fwiw, you can actually buy square end profile antennas from furuno now (at least for s-band nav sets)...

Is this it?

https://www.furuno.co.jp/en/news/all_category/20131023_002.html
http://www.furuno.com/en/merchant/chartradar/
http://www.furuno.com/files/Brochure/105/upload/far-3000.pdf

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Newly designed antenna scanners for the FAR-3000 series Chart Radar that suppress the aerodynamic drag and prevent a spike in temperature (right: S-band antenna and left: X-band antenna)


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Furuno-Radar-Type-RSB-0037-RTR-023-10-kw-Open-array-/252416020326
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Furuno Radar Type RSB-0037 RTR-023 10 kw Open array
Item condition:Used
Price:US $300.00


: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented October 21, 2016, 11:31:55 AM
@DocD -- can your camera zoom-in on the nav radars?  From afar, they're not so clear if it's KH (currently on the two other DPCF), which characteristically has sharper edges or just the regular Furunos, which has rounded corners.

Unfortunately, I've been taking these pictures with my cellphone camera.  I'll see what I can do the next time I'm in the area.
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: 40niner October 21, 2016, 04:53:47 PM
^@chief, unless the camera is messing up the colors those antennas on ff17 look like they carry the usual royal blue colored front faces used in typical furuno antennas...

@r3mu511/@Phichanad -- Yes -- it does appear so, but light and shadows can play tricks to the eyes, and moreso the color aberrations that are amplified by small camera lens (as what @dr demented revealed). 

I would like to refuse to believe, that they are doing this again :( -- the same that happened with BRP Gregorio del Pilar (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=106.msg941#msg941).  It's been the observation that both DPCF now has KHs -- speculatively Sharpeye model, and that I remembered such model also played a role in the specs on the bidding for JCPV upgrades.

Yet -- there is so much precedence on ignoring commonality as far as logistical tails are concerned, from our OV-10s, UH-1s... and now the recently awarded JCPV Phase 3 upgrades.
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: r3mu511 October 21, 2016, 07:09:21 PM
^@chief, well at least there is a good precedent in Goyo, she first came with furunos and then they later replaced them with kelvinhughes... but fwiw let's hope @docdemented's cellphone camera has horrible color resolution so we're all being deceived by the color scheme, hehe...

...speculatively Sharpeye model, and that I remembered such model also played a role in the specs on the bidding for JCPV upgrades.

don't forget the terma scanter-6k @chief, pasok din siya sa jcpv spec reqts...

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btt on ff17:

@docdemented -- since you saw her (ff17) in person, would you happen to remember the color of the front face of the antennas? was it a light/pale/white/gray color, or was it more a navy blue?

@SG99n1 -- yes the top pic you posted has the new rectangular profile SN36CF s-band antenna; the 2nd pic you posted is the old style XNxxAF x-band antenna with a teardrop side profile (the new style XNxxCF antenna has a oval side profile)...
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented October 25, 2016, 07:08:21 AM
@docdemented -- since you saw her (ff17) in person, would you happen to remember the color of the front face of the antennas? was it a light/pale/white/gray color, or was it more a navy blue?

It was hard to tell from where I was.  Then again, I spent all of about 5 minutes there to just drop by, take pictures, and then get going.

Someone on the FB honeypot took some pictures over the weekend of the ship from a cafe that was literally across the Alameda estuary from the ship itself.  He wasn't able to note the color either.

Weather is not supposed to be particularly good this week.......so we'll see when I have a chance to get over there again.
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented October 25, 2016, 07:09:57 AM
BTW, is there any word on the grapevine yet as to an exact departure date for the ship?

If I could, I would like to park my dumb a@# on the top deck of Fort Point and photograph the ship sailing under the Golden Gate, heading out to sea.

If I'm lucky enough.  :)
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented October 29, 2016, 09:41:04 PM
The BRP Andres Bonifacio is set to depart Alameda on November 1.

Is there any way we can find out the exact departure time?

http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&nid=1&rid=935861

3rd Hamilton class cutter to leave for PHL on November 1

MANILA, Oct. 30 (PNA) -- The Philippine Navy (PN)'s third Hamilton-class cutter, which is now known as the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), is tentatively scheduled to sail homebound on November 1. (American time).

The ship and its Filipino crew is currently docked at the US Coast Guard Base in Alameda, California where they are undergoing on the various systems of the vessel.

This include damage control, gunnery training and emergency drills and evolution.

PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said the BRP Andres Bonifacio has a crew of 80 officers and enlisted personnel.

Lincuna said the ship is expected to be in the Philippines by second week of December.

"She will pass by Hawaii and Guam for refueling and provisioning (before heading to the Philippines)," he added.

The USCGC Boutwell was retired from US Coast Guard service last March 16 and handed to the PN last July 21 (American time).

She will be the third Hamilton class cutter in PN service after the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) which were acquired in 2011 and 2013, respectively. (PNA)
BNB/PFN
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: adroth November 01, 2016, 07:57:50 PM
Bon Voyage FF-17

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: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented November 01, 2016, 10:45:20 PM
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: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented November 15, 2016, 06:15:25 PM
Per MarineTracker.com, BRP Andres Bonifacio docked in the Southeast Loch of Pearl Harbor around 1:15pm Hawaii time, November 15, 2016.
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented November 16, 2016, 04:01:30 PM
Photos of the BRP Andres Bonifacio at Pearl Harbor, courtesy of their official FB page.

https://www.facebook.com/BRPAndresBonifacioFF17/posts/333775353664768
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: adroth November 20, 2016, 04:30:38 PM
Philippine Navy frigate visits Pearl Harbor on transit to new home
From Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Public Affairs
Posted November 16, 2016

http://www.cpf.navy.mil/news.aspx/110171

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF 17), the former U.S. Coast Guard cutter Boutwell, arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Nov. 15 for a regularly scheduled port visit en route to the Philippines.

The ship and crew were greeted by Capt. Stanley Keeve Jr., the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) commanding officer upon arrival. During the port call, Bonifacio is scheduled to host a reception onboard and interact with their host ship USS Halsey (DDG 97).

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The ship and crew just completed a four month upgrade and training period with the U.S. Coast Guard in Alameda that included one-on-one training with Coast Guard sailors and formal training on the ship's systems.

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: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: adroth November 23, 2016, 08:44:06 PM
From: https://www.facebook.com/News5Everywhere/posts/770444453112311

PF-15 @ Hawaii

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: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented November 23, 2016, 10:06:18 PM
Per MarineTracker.com, BRP Andres Bonifacio departed Pearl Harbor the morning of November 19, and is expected in Guam on November 30.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:4616104
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented November 29, 2016, 06:39:12 PM
Note that the ship is still due for arrival in Guam on November 30, before proceeding to Manila.

http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&nid=1&rid=944401

BRP Andres Bonifacio to arrive on Dec. 8
By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, Nov. 30 (PNA) -- The country's third Hamilton-class cutter, the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), is scheduled to arrive to the country on Dec. 8 at the Manila South Harbor.

This was confirmed by Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Roland Joseph Mercado in an interview with the PNA during the sidelights of the Department of National Defense's 77th founding anniversary Tuesday.

"She's a beautiful ship, so be there when she arrives," Mercado said.

BRP Andres Bonifacio is expected to boost the Navy's capability to conduct "territorial patrols" within the nation's exclusive economic zone.

"FF-17 is a significant addition to the Navy' inventory of ships in order to boost the conduct of territorial patrol missions within our EEZ," PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said.

BRP Andres Bonifacio, the sister ship of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz, is now in Guam for a three-day visit.

The frigate departed the US Coast Base in Alameda, California Nov. 1 (American time) and made reprovisioning stops in San Diego, California; Hawaii and finally Guam before proceeding to the Philippines.

The BRP Andres Bonifacio is formerly the USCGC Boutwell which was retired from US Coast Guard service last March 16 and handed to the Philippine Navy last July 21. (PNA)
JMC/PFN

: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: jetmech November 30, 2016, 01:03:50 AM
    I wonder how is the training cycle of PN sailors with regards to crew rotation, especially PF-15 (it's been 4 years). From Red Justice posts from the old forum, there seems to be a lot of "homesteading" among ship's personnel. Also, I have not seen any press releases from NETC or type commands the establishment of inspection teams/ group that go around the force to inspect compliance with different programs (engineering, DC, safety, preventive maintenance, budget etc.). With newer assets and platforms (air component) coming in the horizon, culture has to change and adjust to ensure readiness. There should be ownership and accountability.   
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented December 01, 2016, 01:02:47 AM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&nid=1&rid=944525


(Feature) Great Plebeian's namesake ship BRP Andres Bonifacio arrived in Guam on 153rd birthday anniversary of Filipino patriot
By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, Nov. 30 (PNA) -- While her namesake patriot might not have visited Guam in his lifetime, the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), the third Hamilton-class cutter of the Philippine Navy, did better as she arrived at the above-mentioned island at around 8 a.m. Wednesday, or on the hero's 153rd birth anniversary.

This was disclosed by PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in an interview with the Philippine News Agency.

He said the ship will be staying in Guam for three days for reprovisioning and refuelling before making her voyage to the Philippines where she is expected to arrive at Manila's South Harbor on Dec. 8.

With her arrival, BRP Andres Bonifacio is expected to boost the Navy's capability to conduct "territorial patrols" within the nation's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

"FF-17 is a significant addition to the Navy's inventory of ships in order to boost the conduct of territorial patrol missions within our EEZ," Lincuna said.

Hamilton-class cutters have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, a length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet.

Its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots and a crew of 80 officers and enlisted personnel.

The ship has cruising range of 14,000 miles and has a sea and loiter time of 45 days.

The BRP Andres Bonifacio is formerly the USCGC Boutwell which was retired from US Coast Guard service last March 16 and handed to the PN last July 21.

She is the second ship to bear the name of the Katipunan founder who was born on Nov. 30, 1863 and was executed on May 10, 1897 by pro-Aguinaldo factions in Maragondon, Cavite for the alleged crime of sedition and treason.

Bonifacio is also well noted in Philippine history for having lead the "Cry of Pugad Lawin" on Aug. 23, 1896 which officially started the Filipino Revolution in Luzon.

The first BRP Andres Bonifacio (PF-7) was commissioned by the PN on July 27, 1976 and decommissioned on Sept. 30, 1993.

The first BRP Andres Bonifacio was the lead ship of the Andres Bonifacio class frigates of the PN which consist of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-8), BRP Diego Silang (PF-9) and BRP Francisco Dagohoy (PF-10).

These ships, during their time, were the largest and most heavily-armed frigates of the PN.

The above-mentioned vessels weigh 2,800 tons with a full war load, have a length of 311 feet, a cruising speed of 18.2 knots and armed with one five-inch automatic cannon.

The latter weapon is the largest weapon ever mounted in a PN ship even with the arrival of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar class frigates.

These ships were formerly used by the US Navy as Barnegat-class small seaplane tenders.

These vessels were former naval vessels of the South Vietnamese Navy.

When South Vietnam collapsed in 1975, these four vessels fled to Subic Bay in the Philippines where they reverted to the control of their former operator, the United States, which then sold them to the PN at friendship prices.

These four ships formed the backbone of the Philippine Fleet and served loyally for 17 years until lack of spares and obsolescence prompted their decommissioning in 1993. (PNA)
SCS/PFN

: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: Ayoshi December 08, 2016, 12:13:56 PM
Arrival of BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17) | DWDD (http://dwdd.com.ph/2016/12/06/high-endurance-cutter-arrival-of-brp-andres-bonifacio-ff17/) - December 6, 2016
The Arrival Ceremony to formally welcome the Philippine Navy’s third Weather High Endurance Cutter Barko ng Pilipinas (BRP) Andres Bonifacio (FF17) will be held on Dec. 9, 2016 9:00 AM at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila with Sec. Delfin N Lorenzana, the Secretary of National Defense as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

Manila Times (http://www.manilatimes.net/andres-bonifacio-now-in-ph-waters/300299/)
Capt. Lued Lincuna, Navy spokesman, said a Navy islander would do a low pass as BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), coming from Guam, enters the San Bernardino Strait, a narrow waterway separating Luzon and Samar, Tuesday afternoon.

 
Before entering Corregidor, Lincuna said the cutter would be met by either FF-11 or FF-15, whichever is available.
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: Invictus December 08, 2016, 09:21:13 PM
Welcome home BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17)!

From US Embassy, Manila - Public Affairs Section
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From the Philippine Navy FB Page (https://www.facebook.com/philippinenavy/posts/10154275048467956)
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: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: Invictus December 08, 2016, 10:26:42 PM
BRP Andres Bonifacio, PH’s new ship from US, to patrol Sulu seas
(http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/852154/brp-andres-bonifacio-phs-new-ship-from-us-to-patrol-sulu-seas)
By: Frances Mangosing, 01:10 PM December 09, 2016

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The newly-acquired ship from the United States, the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), is being eyed to be deployed in the seas of Sulu to help in dealing with security threats, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.

“I expect to see this ship painted in grey to ply the Sulu seas to help in the prevention of the kidnappings and piracy in the seas. This ship will certainly be a valuable platform in the pursuit of the constitutional mandate of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines),” he said in his speech at the welcome ceremonies for the new ship at the Manila South Harbor on Friday.

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: Ayoshi December 08, 2016, 11:28:25 PM
3rd warship from US arrives | rappler (http://www.rappler.com/nation/154994-warship-andres-bonifacio-arrival) - December 09, 2016
The former US Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutter that can stay for a long period at sea even in rough weather will join similar ships BRP Gregorio Del Pilar and BRP Ramon Alcaraz in patrolling the country's waters.

YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryObQ457_cA
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: adroth January 06, 2017, 02:48:04 PM
Credit to Rico Tamala for noticing this.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211018308994209&set=p.10211018308994209&type=3&theater

Different RHIB launcher for the FF-17?

(http://defenseph.net/bootcamp/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/15844181_10211018308994209_8275681336860903960_o.jpg)
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: 40niner January 07, 2017, 05:23:08 AM
I actually highlighted the subtle equipment difference in the old forum last Feb 2016, between the then-WHEC-719 and our first two Del Pilars, for RHIB handling. Boutwell's starboard RHIB is on davits (http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2015/12/1167210-e1451336372574.jpg)(Welin Lambie dual-point davits (http://www.welinlambie.com/military/dualpoint.asp)), while the port side has the single-point crane (http://www.southcom.mil/media/pictures/Main/_w/150416-G-HR856-009_jpg.jpg).

To further note, all the other remaining WHEC-715s (still in USCG service) also has starboard dual-point davits.

And from this Boutwell video (Arctic Shield 2015) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewmau9le6Cc), take a look starting at 1:27... my observations that due to the two-point connection, launching the rhib is more stable compared with the single-arm crane (on the port side).

This is another equipment that our PN will have to master. :)

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ETA : Davits tech info excerpt from official USCG doc (pg 65 of PDF) (https://www.uscg.mil/directives/cim/3000-3999/CIM_3120_6.pdf).
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m109/40niner_com/Warships/Davits-info_zpsph4yoj2i.jpg)
* -- note - CB OTH Mk II is Cutter Boat (Over the Horizon), 23' or 7-meter RHIB.
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: Manokski January 07, 2017, 08:46:36 PM
Don't the Tarlacs have dual points too?
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented January 12, 2017, 12:31:53 AM
BRP Andres Bonifacio is being sent out on a shakedown cruise and a midshipman cruise.

http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&nid=1&rid=954655

30 members of PMA Class of 2017 board BRP Andres Bonifacio for sea phase training

MANILA, Jan. 12 (PNA) -- A total of 30 members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2017, who have decided to join the Navy after graduation, have boarded the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) to start their sea phase training.

Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said the above-mentioned training started Thursday and will last until January 31.

The ship, the third Hamilton-class cutter in Philippine service, will also sail to the Visayas and Zamboanga City while these prospective naval officers are undergoing their sea phase training, he added.

The latter is the last phase of training as they join the PN.

Lincuna said this is an opportunity for these cadets to experience being at sea and acclimatize themselves to the Navy environment onboard a warship before embarking to a new commitment as officers of the PN.

Meanwhile, coinciding with the sea phase training, this will also serve as a shakedown mission for the personnel of BRP Andres Bonifacio since its arrival last Dec. 10 after its transfer from the US.

It is a maiden mission that will test the endurance at sea and operability of newly-installed ship’s equipment.

"Further, aboard FF-17 were the Philippine Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Team (PMC, DBT) that will showcase musical performance to local populace of each port of call. Also, the scheduled arrival of BRP Andres Bonifacio is timely to the major festivals of the provinces that they will be visiting that includes Sinulog Festival of Cebu on Jan. 15 and Dinagyang Festival of Ilo-ilo on Jan. 20," Lincuna added.

BRP Andres Bonifacio is an excellent training platform for midshipmen of PMA Class of 2017 as the vessel features relatively modern navigation equipment, damage control paraphernalia and modern engineering facilities that would equip cadets with the necessary knowledge and skills as they are set to operate and maintain modern vessels and aircraft on the pipeline of PN Modernization Program.

This PN endeavor is in line with the PN Human Capital Strategy based on the tenets of PN Sail Plan 2020 which is to develop highly competent and motivated professionals. With this, aggressive recruitment will also be undertaken simultaneously along with the port calls to provincial destinations of the mission. (PNA)
BNB/PFN

: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: Ayoshi January 16, 2017, 02:44:24 AM
The third Del Pilar Class Frigate of the Philippine Navy (PN) arrived in Cebu City on January 13, 2017 for the Show the Flag, port visit, conduct of PN mobile recruitment and various activities.

(https://scontent.fmnl7-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s851x315/15966058_1132077080251065_4061769927978610128_n.jpg?oh=6b1a28ce621a8b51f14ea15606adc3d4&oe=5916D934)
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Photos taken from Naval Forces Central FB Page

: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: Ayoshi February 25, 2017, 02:59:29 AM
(https://scontent.fmnl4-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16831032_383545878687715_6961741474765692554_n.jpg?oh=8bc117653ae5b87ad2f7b69772a14a28&oe=592AD991)
Photo taken from BRP Andres Bonifacio FF17 FB Page
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: 40niner February 26, 2017, 12:25:49 AM
This was taken a few days ago.  Photo credit to Edsy@flickr.com  I appears that this is dockside painting, without going dockyard downtime.  Anyone who had been following her or the other DPCFs has an idea where this is.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/316/32922438791_676759130e_c.jpg)
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: Mr. Pitz February 28, 2017, 05:44:06 AM
Photo posted in FB page of Semperprimus 15. Painting is completed. (https://scontent.fmnl7-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/16999113_410881925924764_5915383754863745195_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeHAcaVleQbaIco20Ic3xcje60_887OzEBNt4cRcLlgXxq9yeECYENChgg45HU9-pRXCvXqSHc49QFEQBOlPHyA9iFRPZLHr8KvjZefLK5O_R2yfOeiZBuY6j6YwfW-_fb0&oh=65fc36ca81039300bd3a6b7820cf0b9c&oe=59340A76)
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: Mr. Pitz March 01, 2017, 06:25:03 PM
More close-up photos of the BRP Andres Bonifacio FF-17 as it was painted from white to gray.

Photo source: Jess Estaño Ladero, Jr.

(https://scontent.fmnl6-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16939148_410889505924006_3131957238665540718_n.jpg?_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeEB1Ggy5Q845PZAP8my8oBHhblqXYPy61gEl2r3WiVKvFLuIUts5rIj3hk-G4kAA7pjWWaTnuHs9BcYlpgYrUVzLNf2oFXeBpvGsQbw00-OHP9TcCJA89UHCT2pYh9bEpY&oh=8936f9bf126538426b095ee2c05e9ed5&oe=5934DBA2)

(https://scontent.fmnl6-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16998791_410889455924011_2217917843850715433_n.jpg?_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeHtG76JB0-KUr-PXoWkfX6P0scz1Fsht1uE4ORr1v_X5H7cb7zUlXh5X6dS6VGS2INI7KsRjQLN78cY2VZmGvUJWDFJtoopKwu5kZvSl3fv1_OhPNNdaorlLUhL2dzLszE&oh=a9b85adddc5d216c76d18c32bc39bda4&oe=5928A894)

(https://scontent.fmnl6-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17021515_410889389257351_6971038008085896629_n.jpg?_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeEFUkRybPEabC8GeRaP_UOiwypbkW1v2udqxBOS4TJypLFw9Lh0QZBaiKSHUiilZeTH-vhCuVHB5_mOY9UA_Frk248taa5wkbpEMWxkxFoIUowcaaNk92k_4VYhmvstE_U&oh=445518ee53eac88bf51cd93279cd9200&oe=592F2AD3)

(https://scontent.fmnl6-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17022494_410889322590691_1523537478592781284_n.jpg?_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeE2YDg6RBwQkfyr0EvWl2rzYHMDhrfk6LrZsVYWcYsL4GWTH-qFFGXE3cx16lh3510uRgKCzsTWLF-Ijqiwqn0Eesxki1415B10zmS20EbjolXRrRanDBegmytFyiJGC9w&oh=5db5bd98532dc373b6ccc2b97a14836c&oe=596EFF98)

(https://scontent.fmnl6-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16832035_410889312590692_634420553592550416_n.jpg?_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeGpyqGWsrZoRO-8BdZEB8Q6TUXZv_xapTaVcfHdO1mf0Q3OBG-KFzA7ioWeE4zlKIFqAw2G3A3Z-VwxA6n0t9Rl1dK8Ylx1D_3YpSCfsI7OIfTvFTjA2-vpJL3on66orDM&oh=28f064f57001f8fd335b0a340f95af88&oe=59371A36)

(https://scontent.fmnl6-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17021442_410889302590693_3273761910672996976_n.jpg?_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeEHcGDITtqiVG74suRmz5gKWZVRJo4UibDSZmVqe-2u6O17DLCqGEqi9Nq7hFX1E37BAoh9Isq5nKTX-QxZd1GXqfguJabKoXYZo3siPh7uKiKpndTGSaHZFRbDID7k4XU&oh=97a32a5aaadc8032a8ca3c318f7bce83&oe=596E7F95)
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: Mr. Pitz March 01, 2017, 09:57:04 PM
This was taken a few days ago.  Photo credit to Edsy@flickr.com  I appears that this is dockside painting, without going dockyard downtime.  Anyone who had been following her or the other DPCFs has an idea where this is.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/316/32922438791_676759130e_c.jpg)

This is in Pier 13, Manila Port. The same with with the photos I posted here recently.
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: LionFlyer March 04, 2017, 06:28:21 AM
MK 38 Mod 3 for the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17). Contract dated 29 September 2016. Delivery date by May 2018.

Seems like both BRP Andres Bonifacio and BRP Dregorio del Pilar will be using the Mod 3 instead of the Mod 2 for the BRP Ramon Alcaraz. The Mod 3 would feature a fully enclosed mount with higher magazine capacity, better elevation and degrees of freedom and possible additional mods. http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/bae-systems-developing-next-generation-mk-38-gun-mount/

BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, Armament Systems Division, Louisville, Kentucky, is being awarded a $25,427,512 firm-fixed-price supply contract for the fiscal 2016 production of the MK 38 MOD 3 Machine Gun System (MGS)....
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This contract combines purchases for the Navy (84 percent); and the governments of the Philippines (8 percent); and Jordan (8 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program.
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Work will be performed Hafia, Israel (67 percent); and Louisville, Kentucky (33 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2018.
https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/959765
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: 40niner March 04, 2017, 03:59:27 PM
^ It appears that the 'Mod 3' designation has two variations -- the manufacturer's (as the link showed above) and that being official used by US Navy ('technical refresh' is a term used by Seapower magazine in its Jan-2017 Almanac edition (http://www.seapower-digital.com/seapower/january_2017?pg=62#pg62)). 

US Navy Program Guide (http://www.navy.mil/strategic/npg17.pdf)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m109/40niner_com/Warships/mk38_mod2_zps80q49bar.jpg)
^...
An ordnance alteration (ORDALT) has been developed to implement a 7.62mm coaxially mounted automatic gun. This ORDALT completed live-fire testing in late FY 2016 and will complete safety
qualification in FY 2017. In addition, improvements to the Mk 38 Mod 2 have been implemented, including an enhanced electro-optical/infrared sensor with increased range and resolution for tracking and identification to counter swarm fast-attack craft/fast in-shore-attack craft. Mk 38 Mod 3 is assigned for this improved configuration.
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented March 05, 2017, 07:06:57 AM
MK 38 Mod 3 for the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17). Contract dated 29 September 2016. Delivery date by May 2018.

Seems like both BRP Andres Bonifacio and BRP Dregorio del Pilar will be using the Mod 3 instead of the Mod 2 for the BRP Ramon Alcaraz. The Mod 3 would feature a fully enclosed mount with higher magazine capacity, better elevation and degrees of freedom and possible additional mods. http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/bae-systems-developing-next-generation-mk-38-gun-mount/

BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, Armament Systems Division, Louisville, Kentucky, is being awarded a $25,427,512 firm-fixed-price supply contract for the fiscal 2016 production of the MK 38 MOD 3 Machine Gun System (MGS)....
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This contract combines purchases for the Navy (84 percent); and the governments of the Philippines (8 percent); and Jordan (8 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program.
........
Work will be performed Hafia, Israel (67 percent); and Louisville, Kentucky (33 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2018.
https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/959765

I can't seem to find specific references to the GDP and/or the Boni in the contract announcement.  Are we sure these Mk 38s aren't ticketed for one or both of the SSVs?
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented March 10, 2017, 10:20:30 PM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&nid=1&rid=970800

PHL Navy's latest frigate to be deployed for annual exhibit in Malaysia

MANILA, March 11 (PNA) -- In line with efforts to foster closer defense ties with its Southeast Asian neighbors, the Philippine Navy (PN) will deploy its newly acquired Hamilton-class cutter, the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), to the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2017) in Malaysia.

The event will start on March 21 and end on the 25th, Navy spokesperson Lued Lincuna said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Saturday.

In line with this, he said the Navy will have a send-off ceremony for BRP Andres Bonifacio and the 206 naval personnel on board at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor on Tuesday.

Lincuna said Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph Mercado will lead the ceremony.

Aside from participating in LIMA 2017, the Filipino warship and her crew will conduct port visits to Lumut and Port Klang, Malaysia,

LIMA, one of the most influential exhibitions in Asia, is a dedicated maritime and aerospace exhibition for defense, civil and commercial aviation, shipbuilding and ship repair.

The BRP Andres Bonifacio, the third Hamilton-class cutter in the Navy's service, was formally welcomed into the Philippine fleet last December 9.

The ship is armed with a 76-mm. Oto Melara automatic cannon, like her sister ships, BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) and BRP Gregorio Del Pilar.

The BRP Andres Bonifacio is the former USCGC Boutwell that was retired from US Coast Guard service on March 16 last year and handed to the Philippine Navy a few months later in July 2016.

Hamilton-class cutters have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, has a length of 378 ft., a beam of 43 ft., and draft of 15 ft.

Its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots and a crew of 88 officers and enlisted personnel.

The ship has cruising range of 14,000 miles and has a sea and loiter time of 45 days. (PNA)
CVL/PFN

: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: adroth March 15, 2017, 02:23:18 AM
From: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/1252894688129709/

(http://defenseph.net/bootcamp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ff17-1.png)

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BRP Andres Bonifacio sails to Malaysia for maritime and aerospace exhibition
Published March 14, 2017 2:45pm

Philippine Navy Vice Commander Rear Admiral Rafael Mariano led the send-off ceremony on Tuesday for BRP Andres Bonifacio and more than 200 Navy sailors, a report on Balitanghali said.

The vessel and the sailors will participate in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition or LIMA 2017 to be held from March 21 to 26, GMA News' Oscar Oida reported.

The LIMA is one of the most influential exhibits in Asia when it comes to maritime and aerospace defense, civil and commercial aviation, ship building, and ship repair.

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- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/603137/news/nation/brp-andres-bonifacio-sails-to-malaysia-for-maritime-and-aerospace-exhibition#sthash.s3N5lq1W.dpuf
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: Mr. Pitz March 22, 2017, 02:59:28 AM
BRP Andres Bonifacio at LIMA '17. Via Navy Recognition.

(http://www.navyrecognition.com/images/stories/asia/malaysia/exhibition/LIMA_2017/news/foreign_ships/17.jpg)
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented March 22, 2017, 10:55:51 PM
BRP Andres Bonifacio will be participating in a naval exercise as part of LIMA 2017.

http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&nid=1&rid=974015

LIMA 2017 to provide PN with view on modern naval technologies

MANILA, March 22 (PNA) -- The ongoing Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) will provide the Philippine Navy (PN) an opportunity to see first hand modern naval technologies.

This was stressed by PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado who was present in the opening ceremonies of LIMA 2017 held Tuesday (March 21).

“(This is) an opportunity for us to widen our knowledge particularly on modern maritime technologies,” he said.

Such assessments are needed as the PN is now undergoing modernization with various modern naval platforms undergoing bidding, construction, and delivery within the next three years.

Aside from Mercado, also attending LIMA 17 was the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), the country's third Hamilton-class cutter in service and 206 naval personnel, who will participate in the LIMA Sea Exercise, a half-day multi-national naval exercise among participating countries.

LIMA is one of the most influential exhibitions in Asia since this is a dedicated maritime and aerospace exhibition for defense, civil and commercial aviation, shipbuilding and ship repair.

LIMA 2017 started on March 21 and will end on the 25th. (PNA)
/PFN
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: Mr. Pitz March 23, 2017, 06:43:22 PM
More photos from LIMA '17. Still from Navy Recognition. (http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/naval-exhibitions/2017/lima-2017-show-daily-news/5017-picture-gallery-of-the-impressive-lima-2017-fleet-review.html)

(http://www.navyrecognition.com/images/stories/asia/malaysia/exhibition/LIMA_2017/news/fleet_review/DSA_3995.jpg)

(http://www.navyrecognition.com/images/stories/asia/malaysia/exhibition/LIMA_2017/news/fleet_review/DSA_4000.jpg)
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: mayk March 24, 2017, 06:30:04 AM
There seems to be no NAG AW109 component to both recent patrols of "Supremo" and "Monching"
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented April 03, 2017, 01:27:03 PM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&nid=1&rid=976976

BRP Andres Bonifacio's Kuala Lumpur visit highlights PHL-Malaysia partnership

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (PNA) -- The serene waters off Port Klang became more alive with music, good cheers and camaraderie Friday night as a visiting Philippine Navy frigate hosted a reception for members of the diplomatic and defense attaché corps, Wisma Putra officials, leading businessmen and the members and friends of the Filipino-Malaysian community.

Skippered by Captain Brendo Casaclang, the frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio, with its 88-person complement, was welcomed by Malaysian Armed Forces chief of staff Lt. General Dato’ Abdul Halim bin Hj Jalal, the event’s guest of honor.

In a message before some 300 guests and crew members, Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya said that the frigate’s goodwill visit “highlights the deepening partnership between the Philippine and Malaysian governments and their respective armed forces, including in addressing issues of common concern such as extremism and transnational crimes.”

Malaya, who concluded last weekend his five-and-a-half years diplomatic assignment in Kuala Lumpur, noted that with the relentless law enforcement operations conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines against the Abu Sayyaf group and their affiliates in Sulu and Basilan and the enhanced intelligence-sharing and coordinated patrols in the Sulu Seas between the Philippine and Malaysian sides, there has been no kidnapping in Sabah waters since November last year, and the last remaining Malaysians in the hands of lawless elements have been safely recovered.

Ambassador Malaya also cited the heightened interest of Malaysian companies in investment opportunities in the fast growing PH economy and the increasing number of PH companies doing business in Malaysia, led by Petron Corporation, PLDT and Pancake House.

The port call and reception at Port Klang capped BRP Andres Bonifacio’s Malaysian voyage, which included participation in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition ‘17, and port call and maritime exercises at the Royal Malaysian Naval base in Lumut, Perak. Port Klang is the main seaport to Kuala Lumpur.

In his remarks during the program, Commodore Albert A. Mogol, the head of the visiting mission and Commander of the Philippine Navy’s Fleet Marine Ready Force, described the visit as a manifestation of the Philippine Navy’s “commitment to promote harmonious relations between and among countries.”

The event featured performances by the Philippine Marine Corps band and Kuala Lumpur-based Filipino performers Gina Panizales and Jennifer Alferez who made the night more fun with lively repertoire of Filipino and Malaysian songs, jazz standards and dance music. Miss Panizales sang P. Ramlee’s Getawan Jiwa and the upbeat “Isang mundo, isang awit” (One world, one song), while Ms. Alferez, a PH embassy staff member, did Breathless and Dancing Queen.

BRP Andres Bonifacio is the third Gregorio del Pilar-class frigate to be commissioned by the Philippine Navy. She is named after Andrés Bonifacio, a Filipino revolutionary leader who is regarded as the "Father of the Philippine Revolution" and a pre-eminent national hero of the Philippines.

The frigate is expected to return to home shores on April 6, after leaving Manila on March 14. (PNA)
PR
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: dr demented April 24, 2017, 06:00:58 AM
BRP Andres Bonifacio has moved over to take over the West Philippine Sea patrol assignments previously handled by the BRP Gregorio del Pilar.

del Pilar is returning to Subic for Continuous Maintenance Availability.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/navalforceswest/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1320953867959477
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: adroth April 24, 2017, 08:24:40 AM
BRP Andres Bonifacio has moved over to take over the West Philippine Sea patrol assignments previously handled by the BRP Gregorio del Pilar.

del Pilar is returning to Subic for Continuous Maintenance Availability.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/navalforceswest/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1320953867959477

The Rule-of-Three in action!!!!  :)
: Re: BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (ex-USCGC Boutwell -- WHEC 719)
: adroth May 03, 2017, 10:28:33 PM
From: https://www.facebook.com/PhlDeforce/photos/a.505343676238434.1073741828.500457633393705/1111547652284697/?type=3&theater

(http://defenseph.net/bootcamp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/17761056_1111547652284697_3153118492680630179_o.jpg)