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RPS Bulacan (LT-38) - ex-USS LST 843
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Re: RPS Bulacan (LT-38) - ex-USS LST 843
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2019, 07:22:33 AM »
From Kyong-Ki to Chung-Ju: A Brief History of the Philippine-South Korean Naval Connection
By: CDR Mark R Condeno

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/2366966176722549/

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ESCORT AND COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT DURING THE KOREAN WAR:

Unknown too many, the Philippine Navy transported to and from Korea four of the five PEFTOK Battalion Combat Teams beginning in 1951. The Philippine Navy of that era possessed Five Landing Ship Tanks (LSTís) under the service squadron whose Squadron Commander is the newly promoted Commander Ramon Alcaraz PN.

These vessels namely RPS Cotabato (LT-36- LCDR FLORENTINO BUENAVENTURA PN), RPS Pampanga (LT-37- CDR TOMAS ROBENIUL PN), RPS Bulacan (LT-38- CDR TANDKO CENTI PN- First Filipino Muslim Naval Officer), RPS Albay (LT-39- LT JOSE ORDONEZ PN) and RPS Misamis Oriental (LT-40- LTJG PABLO PASCUA) performed a herculean tasks in Combat Service Support Operations to the Filipino Soldiers in theater. In 1953, an important but gloomy tasked was undertaken by RPS Cotabato (LT-36) under LT VICTOR JOSE PN of bringing home the bodies of the PEFTOK Soldiers who were killed in action during the war. Another notable Naval Officer aboard LT-36 was then ENS ALFREDO DIVINO PN who was with the vessel during its initial CSS mission.

Apart from these Combat Service Support is the impressive escort mission provided by the 16 Submarine Chasers of the Philippine Fleet to the departing PN LSTís and US Transport Ships carrying Filipino troops to and from Korea with RPS Capiz (PS-27) notable of mention as she and her sister ship RPS Negros Occidental (PS-26) escorted the USNS SGT Sylvester J Antolak (T-AP-197) from Corregidor Island to the outskirts of the South China Sea in September 1950.

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