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RPS Baler (H-75) - Hitachi Zosen
« on: November 10, 2017, 03:03:38 PM »
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Re: RPS Baler (H-75) - Hitachi Zosen
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2019, 08:48:28 AM »
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THE HYDROFOIL GUNBOATS OF THE PATROL FORCE,PHILIPPINE NAVY
First published at Philippine Defense Discussion Page dtd 04 January 2019

By CDR Mark R Condeno

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/2363947223691111/

During the 60ís, the Patrol Force of the Philippine Fleet possessed two types of Hydrofoil Gunboats with 2 ships each built in Japan and 2 from Italy.

The Hydrofoil Patrol boats from Italy were built by CN Rodolfo Rodriguez of Messina Italy. The two are RPS Camiguin (H72) and RPS Siquijor (H73). Both were laid on 26 May 1964 and 28 October 1964. Both were completed in April 1965. Their primary function was for Patrol and Anti-smuggling operations with 1x 20mm Mk 10 AA Gun as well as for Anti-Submarine Warfare with one Torpedo launcher for the Mark 32 Torpedoes.

Both of them have a standard displacement of 28T and a full displacement of 36T. A Maximum speed of 38 knots provided by Two Mercedez Benz 1250HP engines. Each has a complement of 3 Officers and 12 ratings. These ships from Italy were known as the Camiguin Class.

The Hydrofoil Gunboats from Japan were RPS Bontoc (H74) and RPS Baler (H75). Built by Hitachi Kanagawa, Japan as part of Japanís war reparations. Both were completed on December 1966. It has a full load displacement of 32T. Both has a top speed of 37.8 knots and a cruising speed of 32 knots provided by 2 Ikegai-Mercedez Benz 3200HP engines.

They are armed with 2x 7.62/90 MGs for Anti-Smuggling Operations. It has a crew complement of 3 Officers and 12 ratings. They are known as the Bontoc Class Patrol Hydrofoils in Philippine Naval Service. The Bontoc Class were also utilized as Ferry Transports under the board of tourism travel for the Manila-Corregidor Route.

Recorded activities of RPS Bontoc during the 60s were against illegal and dynamite fishing off Busuanga , Palawan when it apprehended the Motor Banca Maria Luisa and 2 unnamed Bancas off San Jose, Mindoro. The three (3) captured fishing craft are loaded with dynamited fish. The Skipper at this period is LTJG Cesar Carandang PN. In 1967 another Fishing boat F/B Perlyn was captured by H74 under LT Marcelino Dario PN off Limay, Bataan with dynamited fish

There are varying dates as to when they were commissioned into service, for the Camiguin Class newspaper sources notes June 12 1965, while the Philippine Navy History book notes as 01 August 1965 as the Camiguins were commissioned with another PN Patrol Vessel.

No official records exist as to when they were decommissioned with on line sources indicating both types were decommissioned 1979/1980.

Sources:

History of the Philippine Navy by CAPT Aquilino Silverio PN (GSC) and LT Isidro G Espela PN, Headquarters Philippine Navy, Roxas Boulevard, Manila 1976

The Philippine Navy in the New Society by CAPT Roberto Empedrad PN (GSC) Office of Naval History, Bonifacio Naval Station, June 1979.

Jane's Fighting Ships 1965-66 by Raymond V Blackman (Editor) Marathon, Sampson and Low.

Jane's Fighting Ships1968-69 by Raymond V Blackman (Editor)

Jane's Fighting Ships 1974-75 by Capt John E Moore Royal Navy.

Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995.

Periodicals:

Philippine Herald 04 June 1965 issue NLP Periodicals.

Philippine Herald 14 April 1970 issue.

Online Sources:

http://www.navypedia.org/shiÖ/philippines/phil_cs_bontoc.htm

http://www.navypedia.org/sÖ/philippines/phil_cs_camiguin.htm

http://168.144.200.155/gallery/world.htm International Society of Hydrofoils photo gallery.