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I'm lumping all these small PN craft together, rather than into individual units.

'Condrado Yap' Class Patrol Craft
(ex-ROKN Sea Hawk/Killer Class PKG)
(only 2 out of 12 transferred units remained in service as of 2016)

Dimension  (meters) : 25.5(l) x 5.4(w) x 1.9(d)
Displacement : 74.5 tons full load
Complement : 15 (3 officers)  {per Jane's FS}
Propulsion : 2 x MTU 16V-538 TB91 diesels delivery a total of 5,000 hp(m) to 2 shafts
Speed (max) : 38 knots   Range : 290 at 20 knots
Armaments : 1 x 40mm/L60 Bofors, 1 x twin 20mm Oerlikon, 2 x .50-cal HMG in singles, 2 x 7.62 MG

Units were built between 1975-78.  A total of twelve units were transferred to the Philippines in May 1993, and were commissioned the following month, except for two, which were used as spares.

  •               NAME               STATUS  /  REMARKS     
    PG 840   Condrado Yap            DECOMM    Jun-01   
    PG 842  Teodorico Dominado Jr. -  IN SERVICE  -
    PG 843   Cosme Acosta            DECOMM    Jun-01   
    PG 844   Jose Artiaga Jr         DECOMM    2010   
    PG 845   *                       cannibalized for spares
    PG 846   Nicanor Jimenez         DECOMM    Jun-01   
    PG 847  Leopoldo Regis       -  IN SERVICE  -  
    PG 848   Leon Tadina             DECOMM    Jun-01   
    PG 849   Loreto Danipog          DECOMM    2003   
    PG 851   Apollo Tiano            DECOMM    April 8, 2016
    PG 852   *                       cannibalized for spares
    PG 853   Sulpicio Fernandez      declared unserviceable, for disposal in 2015   
* -- info based on Jane's Fighting Ship 1998-99 Edition.

Photo from GorioB's flickr account

I'm lumping all these small PN craft together, rather than into individual units.

'Andrada' Class Patrol Craft (22 units)

Dimension  (meters) : 23.8(l) x 6.1(w) x 1.8(d)
Displacement : 56 tons full load
Complement : 2 officers, 8 enlisted
Propulsion : 2 x Detroit 16V-92TA diesels delivery a total of 1,380 hp to 2 shafts
Speed (max) : 28 knots   Range : 1,200 at 12 knots

              NAME                 COMM    STATUS   REMARKS     
     -------- -----------------  -------- --------- ----------------------------
  • Flight-I -- Armaments : 4 x .50-Cal HMG,  2 x 7.62mm-cal MG
         - ordered from Halter Marine in Aug 1989 via FMS*
    PG 370   Jose Andrada         1990   in-serv   Batch I   
    PG 371   Enrique Jurado       1991    - do -   Batch I     
    PG 372   Alfredo Peckson      1991    - do -   Batch I     
    PG 374   Simeon Castro        1991    - do -   Batch I 

        - ordered from Halter Marine in 1990*                 
    PG 375   Carlos Albert        1991   in serv   Batch I     
    PG 376   Heracleo Alano       1991    - do -   Batch I     
    PG 377   Liberato Picar       1991    - do -   Batch I     
    PG 378   Hilario Ruiz         1991    - do -   Batch I   
  • Flight-II -- as above; but with 1 x 25-mm Mk.38 Mod 0 Bushmaster MGS as main gun                  
        - ordered from Halter Marine / AG&P (Batangas) co-production in 1993*
    PG 379   Rafael Pargas        1995   in serv   Batch II     
    PG 380   Eistor Reinoso       1995    - do -   Batch II     
    PG 381   Dioscoro Papa        1995    - do -   Batch II     
    PG 383   Ismael Lomibao       1995    - do -   Batch II     
    PG 384   Leovigildo Gantioque 1996    - do -   Batch II     
    PG 385   Federico Martir      1996    - do -   Batch II     
    PG 386   Filipino Flojo       1996    - do -   Batch II     
    PG 387   Anastacio Cacayorin  1995    - do -   Batch II

        - ordered in 1995*
    PG 388   Manuel Gomez         1996   in serv   Batch II     
    PG 389   Teotimo Figuracion   1996    - do -   Batch II     
    PG 390   Jose Loor            1997    - do -   Batch II     
    PG 392   Juan Magluyan      Mar-1998  - do -   Batch III     
    PG 393   Florencio Iñigo    Jul-1998  - do -   Batch III     
    PG 395   Felix Apolinario   Nov-2000  - do -   Batch IV     
This was supposed to be a class of 35.
* -- info based on Jane's Fighting Ship 1998-99 Edition.

The first (PG 370)  and the last (PG 395) unit of the class highlighting the Mk 38 Mod 0 MGS and the armored shield on the bridge.

Photo by FirstKnight from the original Timawa.Net forum.

General Discussion / DND's 2017 Budget
« on: October 10, 2016, 10:06:06 PM »
Proposed Dept of National Defense Budget for 2017 :

A. Line/Agency Budget -- P 134.29 B, with at least P 25.0 B going into the AFP Mod Trust Fund.

B. Unprogrammed Appropriations -- P5.0B to AFP Mod Trust Fund with proviso



The detailed 2017 DND budget is posted at website.
If you look closely at the entry for personnel (of each services), it is noted that the hazard duty pay was doubled over last year.

The 2nd stage for the LRPA Acquisition bid has commenced and posted at PhilGEPS this morning.

ABC: PHP 5,976M
SOBE : 26-Oct-2016 10:00 AM

Military History / RPS Rajah Soliman (D-66) (1961-1964)
« on: September 27, 2016, 04:29:12 AM »

Original photo published by USN All Hands Magazine

Originally completed as 'Buckley' Class Destroyer Escort, converted into 'Charles Lawrence' Class High-Speed Transport (Destroyer Escort) - APD :

Displacement (full load) :      2,130 tons   
Dimensions (L x W x D) :      93.3 x 11.2 x 3.9 meters   

Armaments (in PN service) : Guns : 1 x single 5"/38 Mk 26 DP, 3 x twin 40mm AA, 2 DC rack
Cargo capacity: 4 LCVP landing craft, 6 1/4 ton trucks, 2 1 ton trucks, 4 ammunition carts, 4 pack howitzers, Storage, Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft., General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft., Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft., and  Troop Capacity of 150 men

Powerplant :   Two boilers driving 2 GE trubo-electric drive tubines : 12,000 bhp driving 2 shafts   
Max Speed :   23.6 knots   
Range :   11,000 at 12 knots    

Ship crew:  12 Officers, 186 Men

see photos and more specs at:

In US Navy Service :
24-Jan-1944   Commissioned as the USS BOWER (DE 637), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort      
25-Jun-1945   Decommissioned and put in repair after being damaged on 16-Apr 1945 by a hit by a Japanese Kamikaze.  Repaired and converted into a high speed transport and reclassified as USS BOWERS  (APD-40) ;  Laid up 10-Feb-1947
6-Feb-1951   Assigned with Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet; later decommissioned in 18-Dec 1958            

Into Philippine Navy Service :
31-Oct-1960   Transferred (on loan) to the Philippines via Military Assistance Program            
21-Apr-1961   transferred via Military Assistance Program (MAP) on Apr 21, 1961 and became RPS Rajah Soliman with pennant number D-66.  She was fitted as a command / flagship.
24-Jun-1964   Sunk by Typhoon Dading at while on anchor at Bataan National Shipyard.

The wreck was salvaged between Dec 1964- Jan 1965*, by USN salvage ships -- USS Bolster (ARS-38) and USS Grasp (ARS-24), a tug, plus a couple of lift crafts leased from the Royal Navy.  Hulk sold for scrapping. (Pg. 3)


Military History / The Battle of Sibalu Hill
« on: September 27, 2016, 03:16:45 AM »
The Battle of Sibalu Hill (the Philippine version of Hamburger Hill)

Originally posted by Pachada
« on: July 21, 2006, 12:48:48 pm »

In September 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos proclaimed martial law, claiming that the insurgents had put the state in grave danger. Far from suppressing the pockets of armed rebellion, however, the dictatorship only succeeded in further fanning insurgent flames. Over the next 14 years, the Air Force would give government troops the mobility and firepower to keep the well-entrenched rebels at bay despite often-heavy casualties on both sides. The cost of the long counter-insurgency war to the PAF would go far beyond human lives, misplaced strategic priorities and rapid depletion of meager resources. It led to a steady decline in the external defense capability of the Air Force.

"We almost lost that war," recalls Brig. Gen. Ciriaco Reconquista (ret.), who as a transport plane pilot flew hundreds upon hundreds of dead and wounded soldiers from the battlefields of Mindanao and ferried troops repeatedly from NPA-infested areas in Luzon to the MNLF front. "The (Muslim) rebels were better-armed." In terms of firepower, the military had only one sustainable advantage: the Air Force. At no time was this power wielded more dramatically than in November 1972 at the battle of Sibalu Hill in Sulu near the southern tip of the Philippines.

T-34 Mentor trainers, fitted with weapons, also saw combat action against insurgents. From their staging area in Mactan, some 60 fighters and gunships flew in successive waves toward Sibalu Hill in Sulu in the biggest single operation against the secessionists. General Reconquista - then a lieutenant in charge of A3 (Air Force operations) - remembers having been on duty that Sunday at Villamor Air Base. Shortly after noon, he received the first of a series of frantic calls from Jolo, Sulu, requesting air support to extricate a battalion of marines trapped within the MNLF strong- hold. Lt. Col. Reconquista immediately alerted Basa Air Base to make available all aircraft and sent transport planes to load armaments. By the time General Rancudo, then PAF chief was located to give the deployment orders, no less than 60 planes and choppers were ready to fly to Mactan - the staging area for the air assault. Air Force Col. Pompeyo Vasquez was flown in from Jolo to brief the pilots on the situation at Sibalu Hill. The marines and the rebels were within shouting distance of one another: it was imperative to determine their exact positions.

That same evening, Colonel Vasquez flew back to Jolo where he would orchestrate the attack as air controller the following morning. By dawn, wave upon wave of F-5 and F-86 fighters, as well as T-33 jets and C-47 gunships, took off for Jolo every minute - bombarding the enemy camp accurately and relentlessly. After each sortie - some pilots flew three sorties during that attack - the aircraft would dart back to Mactan to reload. Before the morning was over, helicopters landed at Sibalu Hill to extricate the marines that narrowly escaped a massacre. A few months later, the Air Force would again play a vital support role in the massive military counter-offensive in the central Mindanao province of Cotabato. By early 1973, the MNLF forces had virtually surrounded Cotabato City and the Awang airport complex. With overseas support for training and arms, the rebels were gearing up for riverine and land attacks to seize the seat of government in Central Mindanao. This would complete the first step in their grand plan to turn Mindanao, Palawan and the Sulu chain of islands into the Bangsa Moro Republic. page 11 of 14 pages

Counter- insurgency troops hop on board the C-47. To thwart the Cotabato rebel attack, the Central Mindanao Command (CEMCOM), headed by Brig. Gen. Fortunato Abat of the Philippine Army, enlisted the support of every branch of the Armed Forces, as well as paramilitary civilian home defense forces. Aside from airlifting troops from Manila and Cebu to the war zone, the PAF swooped into the thick of battle. Composite Air Support Force Cotabato (CASFCOT) fielded Huey choppers, rocket-bearing U-17 aircraft and C-47 gunships as CEMCOM troops advanced to recapture town after town from rebel hands.

The liberation of the town of Maganoy on 2 April 1973 hinged on a risky air mobile operation in which six Hueys had to execute a tight spiral - one after the other - from 5,000 feet to a marked landing spot at the town plaza to insert elements of the 22nd Infantry Battalion. From March to August 1973, the PAF provided air cover and tactical support to ground forces, interdicted waterborne rebel reinforcements, broke up rebel concentrations and blasted fuel and ammunition dumps. The military attack culminated in the two-month campaign to destroy the well-secured rebel logistics base in Barrio Tran, Lebak and to restore government control over the town. Secondary explosions following a series of air strikes heralded the success of the mission. From there, CEMCOM gained the initiative and shifted to unconventional warfare as the rebels, in Gen. Abat's assessment, began resorting to "harassment, limited attacks, depredations, sabotage and keep their image of strength." Even as the Muslim secessionist movement waned in the face of peace and diplomatic initiatives, the military found no respite as it confronted the growing NPA threat on several fronts.

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Info on Philippine Air Power...
Post by Cygnus

Quote from: rock  on: October 28, 2006, 08:52:07 am »
       My uncle is one of the Scout Rangers who attack the Sibalu hill. He told us that the marine landing is a disaster.  As soon as the Naval bombardment and Heavy machinegun fire from government troops stop as a signal for the marines and army to attack the rebels would go out to their bunker and open fire.
     My uncle told me that everytime the landing ship open it bows for the the marines  to wade they are raked by machinegun fire. 
     The commanders decided a continous bombardment and machinegun fire,while the Hueys execute a dangerous scout ranger insertion to the rebels perimeter position.
      He told me that they also have flamethrower made available for the assault to clear enemy bunkers.
  If I remember it right he told me that their is a natural cave that the spaniards made some improvement to fortify the places.

Military History / BRP Datu Kalantiaw (PS-76) (1967-1981)
« on: September 26, 2016, 09:41:09 PM »

photo from US Navy All-Hands magazine 1968. shared by Brayski.

As Completed Specs :
Displacement : 1,620 tons
Dimensions (L x W x D) :      93.3 x 11.2 x 4.3 meters   
Armaments (in PN service) : Guns : 3 x single 3"/50 Mk 26 DP, 3 x twin 40mm L60 AA, 2 x single 20mm Oerlikon, 2 x triple 12.75 TorpedoTubes, 1 single DC rack, 1 Hedgehog launcher

Powerplant :   Two Diesel-electric drive : 6000 bhp to 2 shafts   
Max Speed :   21 knots   
Complement :   11 officer, 154 men         

Completed and commissioned with the US Navy on 18-Sep-1943 as USS Booth (DE 170), a 'Cannon' Class Destroyer Escort.   Served in European theater until June 1945; then transferred to Pacific by July 1945. Decommissioned in 14-Jun-1946 and was placed in the list for possible foreign govt transfer a year later.

A cropped news-clip of an old US newspaper in 1966 where (Datu Kalantiaw's) proposed transfer was mentioned.

USS Booth (DE 170) was loaned and transferred under Military Assistance Program to the Philippines in Dec 15, 1967.  She arrived in the Philippines the next year. 
New tripod mast and radars were part of her refurbishment.  She was eventually stricken from US-NVR in 1978, when she was finally sold to Phil under FMS.         

archived newclip from Gorio B. flickr photostream

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Navy Capability Upgrade Team Inspects New Ship

South Carolina, USA – A Philippine Navy inspection team recently (October 31 – November 5, 2011) conducted a Joint Visual Inspection (JVI) of a US Coast Guard vessel in South Carolina, USA as part of the Navy’s continued capability upgrade efforts.

In a travel authority issued by the Department of National Defense, Navy Vice Commander, Rear Admiral Orwen Cortez AFP headed the six-man Navy JVI mission to Charleston, South Carolina for the five-day inspection of US Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Dallas (WHEC-716) which is slated to be acquired through the US Excess Defense Articles (EDA) project.

Among the activities involved in the JVI are orientation tours, preliminary transfer discussions, and ship’s organization and mission briefings. An in-depth inspection of the entire ship, examination of the actual equipment on board, and checking of machinery records were also conducted to ensure the actual status of the ship.

The US Coast Guard Transfer Process Team assisted the PN JVI Team for the whole duration of the activity where an exchange of discussion pertaining to the results of inspection and the details of the transfer of the ship were discussed. These include the readiness status of the vessel where it was determined to be mission ready and is expected to be a “hot transfer”. This means that the ship is still very much in active service in the US and will be decommissioned only to effect its transfer to the Philippines. It is expected that the ship will be transferred either on the first or second quarter of 2012

USCGC Dallas (WHEC 716) is a whether high endurance cutter and has specifications similar to that of BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF15). It is largely used by the US Coast Guard for drug and migrant interdiction, law enforcement, search and rescue, living marine resources protection, and defense readiness. In the Philippines, it is classified as a Surface Combatant Ship with a “Type Code” of “P” for Patrol and is further classified as a Frigate with a “Type Code” of “F”, hence the designation of “PF”. It is powered by combined diesel engines and gas turbines and is re equipped with a helicopter flight deck, a retractable hangar, and facilities to support helicopter operations.  The following are the characteristics of the vessel:

Length:    378’
Beam:    42’
Draft:    15’ 7”
Displacement (Full Load)    3390 LT
Max Speed (Diesel / Turbine):    16 / 26 kts
Range:    14,000 nm
Endurance:    30 days
Crew (Officer/Enlisted):    162 (18/144)
Crew Capacity:    180


From Zane Johnston's flicker photostream :
USCGC Dallas herded by two tugboats at Detyens Shipyard in Charleston, SC (Jan 11, 2011)

USCGC Dallas drydocked at Detyens Shipyard in Charleston, SC (photo taken last Feb 16, 2011).

Administrator's note: The Frigate Acquisition Project has spawn so many side-discussions it is now impractical to merge all of these threads into a single master thread. For that reason, this thread is being turned into a thread index. Discussions that are central to the procurement of the first frigate will remain here. But the various side discussions will be discussed in the following threads:

Description     Discussion
     Frigate #1 (This thread)

Frigate #2
Confirmed systems    
   Navigation radar (Selected: Sharpeye Radar System)
   Tactical Data Link (Link16)
   Naval Gun, secondary (Selected: SMASH 30mm gun system)
   Shipboard torpedo system (Selected: SEA torpedo launchers)
   Decoy launching system (Selected: C-Guard decoy launchers)
   Damage Control System (Selected: Servowatch integrated ship control system)
   PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project (Selected: AW159 Wildcat)
Candidate systems    
   Missile System
   Naval Gun, primary
   Naval Gun, CIWS
   Air / Surface Search Radar
   Fire Control System
   Towed Sonar Array
   Propulsion system
Controversy     DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s response to an open letter on the PH Navy’s frigate project

Magdalo lawmaker urges gov’t scrap order for 2 warships

Game of the Flag Officers
About Combat Management Systems


Thread index: Naval Combat Management Systems

Naval Shield CMS

Thales Tacticos CMS

PH must learn to produce own CMS, other military equipment


After more than a year of study, reviews and evaluations, the Dept of National Defense's Bids and Awards Committee finally released a 2-Stage bid process for two (light) frigates in early October 2013.

After several postponements on the initial opening of the 1st stage, it was finally conducted on 07 Dec 2013. Seven suppliers/shipyards submitted their bids.

Four were initially declared qualified for the 2nd stage :
        1. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. - (DSME) of South Korea
        2. Hyundai Heavy Industries - (HHI) of South Korea
        3. STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. of South Korea
        4. Navantia of Spain
Meanwhile, three others were disqualified due to flaw in their documents. They, however, filed for motions of reconsideration of the ruling. By April 2014, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (India) and STX France SA (France)'s motions for reconsideration were approved. This brings to six as the total number of approved 1st-stage bidders.  Ultimately, it was only ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems TKMS (Germany) that didn't qualify.

In August, 2014 -: DND ASec P Velez revealed that due to some possible export restrictions by the gov't of the munition suppliers, it was tentatively decided that the monolithic project will now be split into two portions : about P15.5B (1USD:PHP44.5 = $348M) for the actual ships with some operational fit and P2.5B for ammunition of these ships.

In Nov 2015 -: Dept of Natl Defense (DND) was finally given authority by Pres Aquino to enter into Multi-Year Contracts (MYC), paving way for the FF-AP to move further.  This only actually came after Pres Aquino approved the remainder of the AFP Mod Project Horizon-1 List (2013-17).

By Feb 2016 -: The 2nd Stage of the bid process finally commenced. Updated Technical Specs was released.  The FF-AP was indeed split into Platform Lot and Munitions Lot.  The main FF-AP was transformed into the Platform Lot, which notably deleted the supply of missiles and ammunition from the bid; although weapons launchers remained part of the platform.  Approved budget was set at P16M, which is slightly higher by P 0.5B over the Aug-2014 pronouncement.  Bids were finally opened on March 17, 2016. 

Out of the six qualified bidders, only four submitted their bids.  Daewoo (DSME) and Navantia's bids were declared 'unresponsive'.  GRSE was declared as the Lowest Calculated Bid (LCB), while Hyundai (HHI) was the 2nd LCB.  However, in a Post-Qualification verification conducted later, GRSE's bid was disqualified due to financial issues (NFCC).

Hyundai, which had submitted the second lowest bid, passed the post-qualification -- and on 18-Aug, the new DND Sec Delfin Lorenzana approved the Notice of Award for HHI to deliver the two frigates based on the timeline on the bid. Contract was set to be signed in late September.

Image of the Notice-of-Award (NOA) from PhilGEPS :

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