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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #60 on: September 05, 2018, 08:12:59 PM »
Probe on BRP Gregorio Del Pilar grounding to take place in Subic
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 6, 2018, 10:10 am

MANILA -- A comprehensive investigation will be conducted on the grounding of Navy flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) in Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal, Palawan once the ship arrives at the Subic repair facility.

"'Yung (The) ship is on (its) way to Subic, once it arrives in Subic, a comprehensive investigation will be undertaken," Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad told reporters Wednesday.

BRP Gregorio Del Pilar ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal last August 29.

"I have directed the CO (commanding officer of the ship) to ensure na safe yung barko," he added.

Earlier, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said BRP Gregorio Del Pilar will be in Subic within "two days and 15 hours".

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 to have been detached due to the grounding, but repairable.

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

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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #61 on: September 06, 2018, 08:29:08 PM »
https://thediplomat.com/2018/09/south-china-sea-philippine-navy-flagship-runs-aground-at-half-moon-shoal/

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South China Sea: Philippine Navy Flagship Runs Aground at Half-Moon Shoal

BRP Gregorio del Pilar is being recovered after suffering damage.
By Ankit Panda
September 01, 2018

Earlier this week, the Philippines Armed Forces confirmed that BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15), a Hamilton-class cutter transferred by the United States in 2011 to the Philippine Navy, had run aground in the South China Sea. The vessel hit shallow waters off the partially submerged Half Moon Shoal (also known as Hasa-Hasa Shoal) off Palawan Island. The waters where the vessel ran aground are disputed by other South China Sea claimant states, notably including China.

Col. Noel Detoyato, a spokesperson for the Philippine Armed Forces, confirmed that the vessel had run aground, noting that there were no casualties from the accident. A Philippine military report cited in local news reports noted that the Gregorio del Pilar was “grounded from bow to amidship and propellers were also damaged.”

“The crew inspected all spaces and there were no noted flooding,” it added. “An investigation is expected in such situations to find out the possible causes of the grounding and to come up with steps to ensure that similar incidents will be prevented,” Detoyato added.
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Named for the Filipino revolutionary general, the 3,250 ton BRP Gregorio del Pilar is the flagship of the Philippine Navy. The vessel was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in March 2011 and the Philippine Navy took delivery later that year. The ship was commissioned after a minor period of refurbishment in December 2011.

According to the Philippine Armed Forces, the vessel ran aground during a routine patrol, underlining the navigational challenges that persist in the shallow disputed shoals in the Spratly Islands. Half Moon Shoal was the location where a Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy frigate ran aground in 2012 on a routine patrol.

The incident could present new challenges for the Philippines, which has sought to assert its claims in the Spratly Islands. In 2016, a Hague-based arbitral tribunal presented its award in a case originally filed by Manila in 2013 after China’s seizure of Scarborough Shoal.

The tribunal ruled almost completely in favor of the Philippines’ submissions on maritime entitlements and pushed back on China’s capacious nine-dashed line claim. Despite the award, China has increased its presence in the Spratlys, where it has constructed seven artificial islands.

Moreover, the relationship between Beijing and Manila changed dramatically beginning in late-2016, after President Rodrigo Duterte took office in the Philippines. All of this presents a possible opening for China to come to the assistance of the Philippine vessel—a maneuver that would underline its de facto administrative presence in this part of the South China Sea.

As the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative’s Gregory Poling noted on Twitter, China has done this before: “It closed Jackson Atoll in 2016 to remove a stranded foreign vessel. This would be another matter entirely, but not sure its out of the question.”

The Philippine presidential palace on Friday issued a statement pushing back on the notion that China would assist. Retrieval operations were underway  “with no problems from China,” said Harry Roque, a spokesperson for the Philippine presidential office.

The recovery operation happens to coincide with a separate U.S. Navy-Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force bilateral exercises in the South China Sea. The exercise involves the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group.

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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #62 on: September 07, 2018, 07:27:26 PM »
Navy, looking into cause of flagship's grounding
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 8, 2018, 9:55 am

MANILA -- With Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) safely docked in Subic Bay, Zambales, the focus is now on determining the actual cause of its Aug. 29 grounding off Hasa-Hasa Shoal in Palawan province.

"The priority of the Navy is to determine the actual cause/s of the incident and ensure that appropriate actions are undertaken in order to avoid similar incidents to occur in the future. Likewise, the ship's expeditious restoration to operational status is the intended outcome of the dry-docking and repair of (the) FF-15," PN spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said Friday.

The Navy has created an investigation committee to look into the grounding of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar and determine the facts behind the incident.

Zata said Commodore Toribio Adaci Jr., Fleet-Marine Ready Force head, will chair the committee, which will consist of key officers of the Navy and will be backed by technical staff and experts to enable a more thorough and in-depth inquiry.

The results of the investigation will be submitted to PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad as soon as it is completed, without prejudice to thoroughness and due diligence.

"Concurrently, FF-15 will be inspected to determine the extent of repairs to be conducted. FF-15 was last dry-docked in 2015 and is scheduled to undergo repair and maintenance in 2018. The incident has somewhat advanced its schedule of repair and maintenance. The extent and cost of repairs will be determined as soon as inspection has been completed," Zata added.

BRP Gregorio Del Pilar was towed clear of Hasa-Hasa Shoal at about 11:54 p.m. on Monday and arrived in Subic Bay at about 11:50 a.m. Friday.

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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #64 on: September 08, 2018, 09:50:30 AM »
Ideally . . . this shouldn’t be a witch hunt


Officers, crew of BRP Gregorio del Pilar to be subjected to stress debriefing
Published September 8, 2018, 5:57 PM
By Aaron Recuenco

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/09/08/officers-crew-of-brp-gregorio-del-pilar-to-be-subjected-to-stress-debriefing/

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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #65 on: September 10, 2018, 11:19:38 PM »
BRP Gregorio del Pilar being inspected for grounding damage
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 11, 2018, 1:49 pm

MANILA -- Extensive examination is still being conducted on the Philippine Navy (PN) flagship, BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15), that ran aground off Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal in Palawan province last August 29.

"FF-15 is still undergoing extensive inspection prior (to) its dry-docking to determine the extent of repairs to be done," Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said when asked about the status of the frigate Tuesday.

He added that the US will help the PN in repairing the damaged ship.

"The logistics support agreement provides us the means to source critical and highly specialized spare parts needed by our ships together with the technical expertise required," Zata said.

The BRP Gregorio del Pilar was towed clear of Hasa-Hasa Shoal midnight of Sept. 3 and arrived in Subic Bay for inspection and repair on September 7. Initial reports said the grounding caused the ship's right propeller to detach but no major damage on the hull was reported.

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Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
« Reply #66 on: November 04, 2018, 03:32:24 PM »
The things that need fixing

What these propellers look like. As per Jane's Fighting Ships:

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. . . variable pitch propellers fitted. Engine and propeller pitch consoles are located in wheel-house and at bridge wing stations as well as engine room control booth

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SN Ford with USCGC Boutwell (WHEC 719) on drydock 1976




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




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The Coast Guard high-endurance cutter USCGC CHASE (WHEC 718) sits in the floating dry dock Titan at the Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp. for repairs to its hull.



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Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
« Reply #67 on: November 05, 2018, 01:04:49 AM »
Navy flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar to get major upgrades
By Priam Nepomuceno  November 5, 2018, 12:10 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1052884?fbclid=IwAR3lYagmWOVl6-Cqi0g3UeOuzrGmy7d3CNBXY6s8jGVcI2xzWWe43O2MVRw

MANILA -- Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) will undergo various communications, weapons, and fire-control upgrades while undergoing repair for the damages sustained during her grounding at Hasa-Hasa (Half-Moon) Shoal last August 29.

This was confirmed by Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata when sought for an update on the ship on Monday.

"Del Pilar is still undergoing bottom hull repairs and will be undocked as soon as repairs have been completed. Propellers and related underwater appendages will be shipped to the US for repairs. While awaiting the completion of those repairs, she will undergo communications and weapon and fire control upgrades in order to optimize her down-time period," he added.

Zata said the frigate will be back in operation once these parts, coming from outside the country, have arrived.

The ship was pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa Shoal last Sept. 3 and towed to Subic Bay, Zambales, arriving there on September 7.

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 machineguns. (PNA)