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BRP Ang Pangulo (AT-25)
« on: October 08, 2016, 08:33:39 PM »
From: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/05/16/colorful-history-presidential-yacht-brp-ang-pangulo.html

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The BRP Ang Pangulo, now 57 years old, has been in the service for seven presidents, from Carlos P. Garcia to Benigno Aquino III. From its conception at a Japanese shipyard to its stint as a naval vessel, the presidential yacht has lived a colorful life.

The 77.33 meter-long, 2,200-ton ship arrived in February 1959 as part of Japan's war reparations for the Philippines. Carlos P. Garcia, the first president to use it, designated it as the flagship of the Philippine Navy on Valentine's Day 1959.

Under Garcia, the ship joined the Philippine Fleet in Manila, completed a trade and cultural expo around Asia, and proceeded to serve a variety of functions, mainly for emergency and relief operations.

The ship had its share of fun, too. When the Marcoses were in power, they hosted lavish yacht parties attended by the likes of Hollywood actress Brooke Shields and Cristina Ford, wife of the car mogul.

In 1995, when Philippine and Chinese relations were beginning to sour over a disputed reef off Palawan, Fidel Ramos entertained Chinese president Jiang Zemin on the yacht. They sang Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" as they cruised around Manila Bay.

Under Joseph Estrada, the ship served as a floating Malacañang and, according to Chavit Singson, also as a mahjong parlor. He alleged that Estrada once won millions of pesos in a game they played aboard the ship.

When Gloria Arroyo was president in 2006, the ship caught fire while undergoing repairs at Batangas Port. The ship incurred minor damage but the fire injured four people.

President Aquino has used it as a floating office and later deployed it as part of the Philippine Fleet.

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Re: BRP Ang Pangulo (AT-25)
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2017, 01:02:42 PM »
This is very old news. But the tone of the report is so . . . alarming . . . it just deserves notice. :-) Note that this happened in 2015.

http://www.coastguard.gov.ph/index.php/notice-to-mariners/notam-2015/march-2015/717-notice-to-mariners-number-035-2015

NOTICE TO MARINERS NUMBER 035-2015
Published: 08 April 2015
Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that:

1. Reference: Philippine Navy Radio Message Cite SCDO-0315-181.

2. The Philippine Navy Vessel BRP PANGULO (AT25) cancelled their Annual Test Firing of her Naval Guns on March 27, 2015 due to total system breakdown of the climate control system and minor maintenance on the port main propulsion diesel engine. AT25 downgraded her operational readiness from Level III to Level I (NOT MISSION READY).

3.In this connection, all ships/watercrafts transiting the vicinity of the above-mentioned areas are advised to take note of the information and take necessary precautionary measures at all times.

4. The cooperation of all concerned in effecting widest dissemination of this information is requested.


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Re: BRP Ang Pangulo (AT-25)
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2017, 04:16:41 AM »
Photo c/o of the Philippine Standard, August 17, 1992


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Re: BRP Ang Pangulo (AT-25)
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2017, 06:25:52 PM »
Presidential yacht to be “BRP Ang Pangulo” again
December 3, 2011

http://adroth.ph/presidential-yacht-to-be-brp-ang-pangulo-again/

After a mere two-and-a-half years as BRP Pag-asa, the presidential yacht is due to be re-christened as the BRP Ang Pangulo this month. In a statement to the Philippine Star, Philippine Navy spokesman LTC Omar Tonsay announced that the renaming ceremony would take place on December 14, and would coincide with the commissioning of PF-15 and LCU-296.

The yacht had held the name “Ang Pangulo” since July 1, 1971, when President Marcos chose to translate its previous name “RPS The President” to Filipino. She assumed the name Pag-asa on the 50th commissioning ceremony during the Arroyo administration. The yacht entered Philippine service on April 2, 1959 and had been given to the Philippines by the government of Japan as part of a war reparations package.

AT-25 is coming out of a series of overhauls and refurbishments. The most recent being an engine overhaul project that was opened for bidding in March 2011. It was scheduled for drydock in 2010, however as of writing it is unclear if this effort went ahead.

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Re: BRP Ang Pangulo (AT-25)
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2018, 11:55:21 PM »
Just remembered I had this picture in my archives.  I took this one on April 13, 2002 from the South Dock on Corregidor Island.  We were told by the tour guides that then First Gentlemen Mike Arroyo was aboard.