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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #45 on: September 01, 2018, 04:32:40 AM »
The tricky thing about accepting this offer is with the "standard" response we've been giving China about why we are keeping the BRP Sierra Madre in place in Ayungin. We always said we couldn't pay for its removal.

If we accept this offer . . . that story has to change . . . and we have to be more overt about our intentions in Ayungin.

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Beijing sends coastguard vessels after Philippine warship runs aground in South China Sea
Navy frigate is stranded on a shoal on the eastern edge of the disputed Spratlys

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 August, 2018, 9:42pm
UPDATED : Friday, 31 August, 2018, 11:28pm
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https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2162298/beijing-sends-coastguard-vessels-after-philippine-warship-runs

The BRP Gregorio del Pilar has been stranded on Half Moon Shoal, on the eastern edge of the disputed Spratly Islands, since Wednesday evening.

The reef is claimed by both China and the Philippines, and analysts said the situation may pose a dilemma for Beijing because it could be a reminder of how Manila stepped up its military presence on the Second Thomas Shoal – also in the Spratlys – nearly 20 years ago.

Chinese coastguard vessels are already at the shoal, while a search-and-rescue ship, Nan Hai Jiu 115, is also on standby in nearby waters, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday.

“We are discussing with the Philippine side how we can provide assistance,” Hua said.

The Philippines’ largest naval ship ran aground while on a routine patrol in the region, its Armed Forces said on Thursday.

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China’s Nan Hai Jiu 115, or “South China Sea Rescue”, was dispatched to the Spratlys in July and has since then been permanently stationed at Subi Reef – the second largest of Beijing’s seven man-made outposts and home to a lighthouse and extensive docking facilities. The ship has a displacement of 4,400 tonnes.

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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #46 on: September 01, 2018, 10:16:40 AM »
Team to look into Navy flagship grounding
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 1, 2018, 9:17 am

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MANILA -- An investigating and assessment team has been formed to look into the grounding of the Philippine Navy flagship, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15), off Hasa-Hasa Shoal in Palawan province on Wednesday night.

This was confirmed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato in an interview late Friday.

The team, formed by Navy flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, is “expected to be aboard the ship anytime Saturday," Detoyato said in Filipino.

He said the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is recoverable as no hull penetration has been reported.

"There is very minimal damage to the hull," Detoyato said, noting that damage seems to be confined to the starboard (right) propeller of the ship.

The Philippine Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan (MRRV 4407) arrived at the site of the grounding at 11 a.m. Friday and will be joined by the BRP Cabra (MRRV 4409) anytime soon to render assistance in case non-essential personnel need to be moved to lighten the ship.

The BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380) is also on hand to provide help, Detoyato said.

Earlier, he said two tugboats have left Batangas, one on Thursday and the other on Friday, to help in the recovery operations.

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the Philippine Navy from the United States Coast Guard and converted into frigates.

These ships have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet while its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots.

These vessels have a cruising range of 14,000 miles and a sea and loiter time of 45 days. They are armed with a 76-mm. Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25-mm. and 20-mm. light cannons, and .50-caliber machine guns. (PNA)
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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #47 on: September 01, 2018, 12:40:10 PM »
Had that déjà vu feeling.....plan frig dongguan (july 2012).

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NG21Ae01.html

Happened on the same shoal apparently

http://adroth.ph/chinese-ssms-at-our-doorstep/


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Chinese SSMs at our doorstep?
Posted on July 14, 2012 by adroth92   

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that at approximately 7PM, on July 11, 2012, a Chinese Jianghu V class frigate (#560) ran aground at Half Moon Shoal within the Philippine EEZ. Xinhua news confirmed the accident at what they referred to as Banyue Shoal but did not identify the vessel. This ship is no stranger to Philippine waters, as it had reportedly been harassing Philippine fishermen in past months.

The circumstances that led to the grounding remain unclear at this time, although Philippine defense social media is rife with rumors of a deliberate grounding to establish yet another outpost within Philippine waters.
Combat Fleets of the World describes this class’ weapons suite as including six C-802 Ying Ji-2 surface-to-surface missiles (SSM) in rotating turrets. The C-802, referred to in the west as the “Seersucker” is an improved version of the Chinese “Silkworm” SSM, which is itself based on the Soviet Styx missile. As per Air Power Australia, this missile has a range of 110 nautical miles.

The book the Shoals of Palawan describes Half Moon Shoal as follows:

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Half Moon Shoal has a rock named Inclined Rock, situation in latitude 8 deg 51 min N, longitude 116 deg 16 min E, which always shows above water on its southeastern side. The shoal, formed by a belt of coral even the surface, of an average width of 200 yards, is of oblong shape, nearly 3 miles in a northeast and opposite direction, with a breadth of 1 mile. On the eastern side, at 400 and 1,000 yards southward of Inclined Rock, there are two channels into the lagoon, the southern of which has a depth of 4 to 9 fathoms in it and is marked by a cluster of rocks on its north side awash at half tide and which generally show. Other half-tide rocks are interspersed over the belt. The average depth in the lagoon is 14 to 16 fathoms, with numerous patches of coral scattered about it. From the shoals, Balabac Peak (not in sight) bears 141 deg (139 deg mag) distant 71 miles. The tide rises and falls about 4 feet at Half Moon Shoal.

The following map has been drawn up using the data above, with the red circle indicating the reported maximum range of the C-802. From the frigate’s current vantage point, the entire western approach to the Balabac sea lane with within range of the ship’s missiles. It is not clear, however, if the ship is indeed equipped with SSMs.


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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #48 on: September 01, 2018, 10:15:21 PM »
PH won’t accept China aid to retrieve grounded warship

The tricky thing about accepting this offer is with the "standard" response we've been giving China about why we are keeping the BRP Sierra Madre in place in Ayungin. We always said we couldn't pay for its removal.

If we accept this offer . . . that story has to change . . . and we have to be more overt about our intentions in Ayungin.

^ On China's offer to "help":

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NO, we can do it,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told Inquirer.net when asked if the Philippines would accept China’s assistance to extricate the warship.

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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #49 on: September 02, 2018, 08:04:49 AM »
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Chinese frigate runs aground off Palawan (2012)
July 2012

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A report made by the pilot of the PAF Islander plane, the distressed ship was being rescued by around five Chinese vessels, according to a source at the AFP Western Command.

A Philippine Navy vessel was closing in on the area and ready to provide assistance but was staying at a safe distance while awaiting orders from the AFP, added the source.

Photo taken from aviationweek.com

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From: inquirer.net - September 01, 2018


Stranded Military officials say efforts to retrieve the Philippine Navy’s BRP Gregorio del Pilar, which ran aground on Hasa-Hasa (Half Moon) Shoal in the disputed West Philippine Sea on Wednesday night, may take at least a week. —Photo Courtesy of Philippine Air Force

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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #50 on: September 02, 2018, 08:21:02 AM »
AFP denies presence of Chinese ships in vicinity of Hasa-Hasa Shoal | CNN Philippines - September 1, 2018
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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 1) — China is not assisting with the retrieval of a Filipino warship that is currently stranded in disputed waters, a ranking military official said.

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Ongoing retrieval

A joint task force Goyong was created to retrieve the ship, led by Commodore Rommel Galang, who was flown in by helicopter to the shoal. The task force is made up of members from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Air Force and Philippine Navy.

“He will manage, supervise and direct the retrieval operations. He was formerly assigned with the Naval Sea Systems Command,” Detoyato said about Galang.

The coast guard will assess the condition of the ship, and how to best retrieve it from the shallow water.

“So, while waiting for the tugboats and other PCG and Navy platforms to arrive, surface and underwater assessments are being done to come up with the right plan of retrieval,” Detoyato said.

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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #51 on: September 02, 2018, 12:48:33 PM »
Divers assessing BRP Gregorio Del Pilar for retrieval ops
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 2, 2018, 10:09 am

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MANILA -- Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) divers are now assessing the condition of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal) on Wednesday.

This, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato in a message to the Philippine News Agency Saturday.

"May divers ang PCG from MRRV 4407 (BRP Sindangan) na tumutulong sa assessment ng condition ng pagkasadsad para maplano nang mabuti ang approach sa pag-retrieve (There are divers from PCG from MRRV 4407 who are now helping in the assessing the condition of the ship in order to properly plan the retrieval approach). So, while waiting for the tugboats and other PCG and Navy platforms to arrive, surface and underwater assessments are being done to come up with the right plan of retrieval," he added.

Also, an inter-agency task force, named Joint Task Force "Goyong", under the leadership of Commodore Rommel Galang, was activated.

The task force includes the PCG, Navy, and Air Force. Galang is the current commander of Naval Forces West, Detoyato said.

"Commodore Rommel Galang is the on-site commander. He was flown in by the PN's AugustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter. He will manage, supervise and direct the retrieval operations. He was formerly assigned with the Naval Sea Systems Command," he said.

"He was flown in so that the captain of FF-15 (BRP Gregorio Del Pilar) can concentrate on the day-to-day operations of FF-15 and the safety and security of his ship," he added.

Initial reports indicated that the grounded frigate is recoverable, Detoyato said.

BRP Sindangan (MRRV 4407) arrived in the area 11 a.m. Friday and will be joined by the BRP Cabra (MRRV 4409) anytime soon to render any assistance needed that might be needed by the grounded BRP Gregorio Del Pilar especially should there be a need to remove non-essential personnel to lighten the ship.

BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380) is also on hand to provide help, he said.

Detoyato earlier said two tugboats left Batangas, one on Thursday and one on Friday, to help in the recovery operations.

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the PN from the United States Coard Guard and converted into frigates. These ships have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, a length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet while its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots.

They have a cruising range of 14,000 miles and has a sea and loiter time of 45 days and armed with a 76mm Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25mm and 20mm light cannons and .50 caliber machineguns. (PNA)
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« Reply #52 on: September 03, 2018, 02:23:45 PM »
Major dockyard repair awaits BRP Gregorio Del Pilar
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 3, 2018, 12:58 pm

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MANILA -- A major dockyard repair awaits Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) once she is pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal after grounding that resulted in the detachment of her starboard (right) propeller from the shaft.

This was disclosed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato in an interview with reporters Monday.

The detachment of the starboard propeller was discovered by Coast Guard divers aboard BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407) and Naval Special Operations Group aboard the grounded frigate during initial assessment dives conducted over the weekend.

Detoyato said the detached propeller was recovered by the divers and is repairable.

Also, the assessment dives indicated that the hull of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is intact.

"The hull is intact, there is no leaking," Detoyato added.

Possible methods on how to extract the ship from Hasa-Hasa Shoal will be determined once the two tugs contracted from the Batangas-based Malayan Towage and Salvage Corporation arrived in the area.

M/T Vigilant and M/T Trabajador are expected in the area Monday. They were initially expected Sunday but were slowed down by the need to refuel.

Batangas to Hasa-Hasa Shoal is over 800 kilometers, Detoyato added.

Aside from the Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan and Navy's BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380), the BRP Benguet (LT-507), a landing ship, is now on-scene to help in the possible off-loading of non-essential equipment and personnel to lighten the ship in preparation for extrication.

Tide and wind conditions will be factored in during the retrieval operations.

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the PN from the United States Coast Guard and converted into frigates.

These ships have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, a length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet while its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots.

These vessels have a cruising range of 14,000 miles and have a sea and loiter time of 45 days and armed with a 76mm Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25mm and 20mm light cannons and .50 caliber machine guns. (PNA)
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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #53 on: September 03, 2018, 04:57:00 PM »
No timeline yet on BRP Gregorio Del Pilar removal
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 3, 2018, 2:20 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046745

MANILA -- There is still no timeline to follow regarding the recovery of Philippine Navy (PN) flagship, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15), which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal, Palawan Wednesday.

This was stressed by PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad in an interview with reporters Sunday.

He added that this will be only realized once the total extent of the damage is determined when the two privately-owned tugboats, which are expected to be on the scene by Monday, have arrived and managed to tow the frigate off the shoal.

"But sa ngayon (as for now) the ship is intact, the crew are (safe) and we are on top on the situation sa pagka-retrieve sa kanya (BRP Gregorio del Pilar)," Empedrad added.

Also, the PN chief said China, South Korea, and the US - along with the country's ASEAN neighbors - have all offered help in the ongoing recovery operations but the Philippines opted to go alone with the operations as waiting for them would take time. Initial reports indicated that the grounded frigate is recoverable.

BRP Sindangan (MRRV 4407) has arrived in the area 11 a.m. Friday and will be joined by the BRP Cabra (MRRV 4409) anytime soon to render any assistance needed to pluck out the grounded BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, especially if there is a need to remove non-essential personnel to lighten the ship.

BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380) is also on hand to provide help.

Earlier, military public affairs chief Col. Noel Detoyato said that two tugboats have left Batangas, one Thursday and one Friday, to help in the recovery operations. The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the PN from the United States Coard Guard and converted into frigates.

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« Reply #54 on: September 04, 2018, 02:22:03 AM »
Major dockyard repair awaits BRP Gregorio Del Pilar
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 3, 2018, 12:58 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046750

BRP Gregorio del Pilar photo taken by PAF Nomad C-87 on August 30, 2018

MANILA -- A major dockyard repair awaits Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) once she is pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal after the grounding that resulted in the detachment of her starboard (right) propeller from the shaft.

This was disclosed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato in an interview with reporters Monday.

The detachment of the starboard propeller was discovered by Coast Guard divers aboard BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407) and Naval Special Operations Group aboard the grounded frigate during initial assessment dives conducted over the weekend.

Detoyato said the detached propeller was recovered by the divers and is repairable.

Also, the assessment dives indicated that the hull of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is intact.

"The hull is intact, there is no leaking," Detoyato added.

Possible methods on how to extract the ship from Hasa-Hasa Shoal will be determined once the two tugs contracted from the Batangas-based Malayan Towage and Salvage Corporation arrived in the area.

M/T Vigilant and M/T Trabajador are expected in the area Monday. They were initially expected Sunday but were slowed down by the need to refuel.

Batangas to Hasa-Hasa Shoal is over 800 kilometers, Detoyato added.

Aside from the Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan and Navy's BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380), the BRP Benguet (LT-507), a landing ship, is now on-scene to help in the possible off-loading of non-essential equipment and personnel to lighten the ship in preparation for extrication.

Tide and wind conditions will be factored in during the retrieval operations.

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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #55 on: September 04, 2018, 02:28:39 AM »
M/T Vigilant and M/T Trabajador are expected in the area Monday. They were initially expected Sunday but were slowed down by the need to refuel.

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:722186/mmsi:548800000/vessel:TRABAJADOR%201

IMO:  7817945
MMSI:  548800000
Call Sign:  DUAA
Flag:  Philippines [PH]
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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #56 on: September 04, 2018, 07:12:47 AM »
Tap: “Underway at 4 knots”

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« Reply #57 on: September 04, 2018, 08:31:05 AM »
Navy frigate pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa Shoal
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 4, 2018, 8:08 am

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MANILA -- Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) was successfully towed from Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal late Monday evening, an official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

"FF-15 (was) successfully retrieved at around 2354h (11:54 p.m.) 03 September. Undergoing final inspection before towing to Subic," AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Noel Detoyato told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The frigate, which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal on August 29, will be dry docked for repairs in Subic.

AFP Spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said the retrieval operations for the frigate started 2 p.m. Monday. He also called the retrieval operations a "success".

"BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) that ran aground in the shoal was successfully pulled out shortly before midnight of the same day," Arevalo said in a text message.

"Inspection was ongoing as of this time in preparation for the towing of the vessel to Subic," he added.

Assessment by Coast Guard and Navy divers over the weekend indicated that there were no hull punctures. However, the starboard propeller was detached from the shaft due to the grounding.

This was later recovered and found to be repairable. Tugs M/T Vigilant and M/T Trabajador, both owned by the Malayan Towage and Salvage Corporation, went to the area, along with the Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan and Navy's BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380) and landing ship BRP Benguet (LT-507).

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired from the United States Coard Guard and converted into frigates. (PNA)
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« Reply #58 on: September 04, 2018, 11:59:49 AM »
Navy frigate pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa Shoal
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 4, 2018, 8:08 am

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046859

MANILA -- Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) was successfully towed from Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal late Monday evening, an official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

"FF-15 (was) successfully retrieved at around 2354h (11:54 p.m.) 03 September. Undergoing final inspection before towing to Subic," AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Noel Detoyato told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The frigate, which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal on August 29, will be dry docked for repairs in Subic.

AFP Spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said the retrieval operations for the frigate started 2 p.m. Monday. He also called the retrieval operations a "success".

"BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) that ran aground in the shoal was successfully pulled out shortly before midnight of the same day," Arevalo said in a text message.

"Inspection was ongoing as of this time in preparation for the towing of the vessel to Subic," he added.

Assessment by Coast Guard and Navy divers over the weekend indicated that there were no hull punctures. However, the starboard propeller was detached from the shaft due to the grounding.

This was later recovered and found to be repairable. Tugs M/T Vigilant and M/T Trabajador, both owned by the Malayan Towage and Salvage Corporation, went to the area, along with the Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan and Navy's BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380) and landing ship BRP Benguet (LT-507).

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired from the United States Coard Guard and converted into frigates. (PNA)

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« Reply #59 on: September 05, 2018, 09:49:18 PM »
BRP Gregorio Del Pilar to be in Subic repair facility within 2-3 days
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 5, 2018, 2:15 pm

MANILA --- Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) is expected to be in Subic Bay, Zambales to repair damages caused by her Aug. 29 grounding in Hasa-Hasa (international Half-Moon) Shoal, Palawan within two to three days.

This was bared by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato in an interview with the Philippine News Agency Tuesday.

Steaming time for Subic Bay is estimated to be "two days and 15 hours," he added.

The ship is now being towed to Subic by the tugboats earlier dispatched to the scene. Initial damage assessment indicated that the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is limited to the ship's starboard (right) propeller which was earlier reported detached due to the grounding but repairable.

Detoyato added that the hull has no punctures and while the rudder is largely intact. BRP Gregorio Del Pilar was towed cleared from Hasa-Hasa Shoal around 11:54 p.m. Monday.

Meanwhile, PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad lauded the officers and crew of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar for "their for their composure in ensuring that no further damage was incurred while the ship was aground and while being retrieved."

"The estimated dockyard time will still have to be determined as soon as BRP Gregorio Del Pilar reaches the repair facility in Subic. Although, both of its propellers were damaged no punctures or holes were noted throughout its underwater hull and freeboard," Navy spokesperson Commodore Jonathan Zata said.

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