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BA-488 - Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPAC) Mk.3
« on: October 19, 2017, 04:27:14 PM »
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/989775

Commissioned 22 May.
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MANILA, May 22 The country's first three multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC), with provisions for missile armament, was formally turned over and commissioned into the Philippine Fleet during short ceremonies at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City Monday.

These MPACs are the Mark III models and are considerably more advance that the six Mark I and IIs currently in the inventory.

Capt. Lued Lincuna, Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson, said the MPACs, which has the hull number BA-488, BA-489, and BA-491, were all commissioned and quickly send-off to Davao City by Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Gaudencio Collado after ceremonies at the Capt. Moya Boat Landing around 8 a.m. Monday.

These boats will be participate in the 119th founding anniversary of the PN which will be held in May 31 at Sasa Wharf, Davao City, he added.

The PN spokesperson said that the MPACs will form the 3rd Boat Attack Division of the Philippine Fleet's Littoral Combat Force.

These MPACs were constructed by Subic Bay-based Propmech Corporation.

They will be armed with the Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd's Spike ER (extended range) in anti-ship mode.

It is capable of penetrating 1,000 mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor and has a maximum range of five miles.

PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado said installations of the missile systems will follow shortly.

"(The MPACs) are only the platforms; installation of the missiles will follow," he said to the PNA.

These three MPACs are worth PHP270 million which was sourced from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act Trust Fund of 2000.

The contract includes mission essential equipment.

Mission essential equipment includes day/night electronic navigation systems, communication suites, safety-of-life-at-sea, propulsion system and seamanship and ship-handling gears. (Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)
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Re: BA-488 - Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPAC) Mk.3
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2017, 04:32:00 AM »
Screen captures from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkTXTAzI9WA

Absence of a bow door is prominent on this photo.







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Re: BA-488 - Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPAC) Mk.3
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2019, 11:09:45 AM »
NOTICE TO MARINERS NUMBER 187-2019

http://www.coastguard.gov.ph/index.php/notice-to-mariners/notam2019a/july-2019/3476-notice-to-mariners-number-187-2019

Parent Category: NOTAM    Published: 10 July 2019
Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that:

1. Reference: Philippine Navy Cite NOCB-0719-053 dated 07 July 2019.

2. Philippine Navy vessels BRP Bonny Serrano (PC111), 3rd Boat Attack Division (BA488,BA489,BA491), and PB343 will conduct 3rd quarter test firing of naval guns on dates and maritime areas bounded by the following coordinates:



3rd Boat Attack Division (BA488, BA489,BA491)
26 JULY 2019

 

572 yards NE off Carabao Island Ternate, Cavite

PT A Lat 1416.020N

            Long 12037.378E

PT B Lat 1416.445N

            Long 12037.081E

PT C Lat 1416.769N

            Long 12037.545E

PT D Lat 1416.337N

            Long 12037.841E


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Re: BA-488 - Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPAC) Mk.3
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2020, 03:08:44 AM »
PH Navys newest missile capable frigate arrives in the Philippines

https://www.facebook.com/philippinenavy/posts/10157529670232956

The Philippine Navys first missile-capable warship, which will be christened BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) once it is commissioned to service, finally arrived in Subic, Zambales today, May 23 after its five day maiden voyage from Ulsan, South Korea.

Upon reaching the Philippine waters early morning of May 21, FF150 exchanged signals and communications through radio with BRP Quezon (PS70) that is currently deployed in Mavulis Island, Batanes.

On early morning of May 22, the Naval Forces Northern Luzon welcomed FF150 by rendering a meeting procedure with its first patrol boat division composed of three patrol boats at the vicinity of Bolinao, Pangasinan. Later in the afternoon, BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) with one Augusta Westland (AW) 109 helicopter and C-90 Fixed Wing Aircraft conducted a meeting procedure with FF150 along the vicinity of Sta. Cruz, Zambales. It was then escorted by PS17 to its designated anchorage area.

Earlier today, frigate Jose Rizal was accorded the traditional passing honors with PS17 and three multipurpose assault crafts (MPACs). The momentous event was captured during the fly-by of two naval helicopters the anti-submarine helicopter, AW159 and AW109.

The Commander, Offshore Combat Force, Commodore Karl Decapia who presided the arrival of FF150 indicated that this signals the realization of a modern navy that is capable of imposing the Navy's territorial defense mandate. This frigate is capable of fighting the four dimensions of warfare. He then thanked Philippine leadership for standing behind the PN modernization in pursuit of a credible and modern navy.

In a separate statement, the Philippine Fleet commander, Rear Adm. Loumer Bernabe greeted all the officers and men of FF150, PN Frigate Owners representatives and the support team from Republic of Korea, saying, We are one with the Filipino people in expressing our profound gratitude in bringing pride and honor to the Philippine Navy and the AFP".

"Our countrymen expect nothing less than the selfless and honorable service that we in the Fleet have sworn to uphold and protect. I enjoin everyone to sustain the momentum that you have gained and continue to aspire for competence and excellence", he added.

While at anchor, the sailing crew will undergo two-week quarantine in adherence to the strict health protocols being implemented by the Philippine government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Technical Inspection and Acceptance of the frigate shall commence after the quarantine period. A simple arrival and commissioning ceremony is poised to be conducted on June 19 coinciding with the birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the ships namesake.

The arrival of FF150 in the country is yet another major leap toward the fulfillment of the PNs thrust of having modern platforms and systems which provide opportunities for its personnel to develop modern mindsets and propel the whole organization into becoming a multi-capable naval force responsive to our maritime nations defense and development.

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