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BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
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Re: BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2017, 05:24:16 AM »
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CARAT Exercise Series Concludes with Closing of Philippines Phase | U.S. Navy - 05 August 2004
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SUBIC BAY, Philippines (NNS) -- The 2004 edition of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series ended Aug. 4 with the closing ceremony of the Philippines phase.

CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises held annually throughout Southeast Asia that began in 1995 by combining a number of existing exercises to be conducted sequentially by a single U.S. Navy task group.

The CARAT Task Group ships arrived in the Philippines July 27 for the final phase of the CARAT series.

CARAT Philippines included numerous milestones, including the presence of two of the most advanced platforms in the world - the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85). The destroyers were key during at-sea tactical evolutions.

Nearly 1,200 Philippine Navy and Coast Guard personnel, along with the five Philippine Navy ships and two aircraft are participating. The ships include BRP Artemio Ricarte (PS 37), BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS 38), BRP Lanao del Norte (LC 504), BRP Hilario Ruiz (PG 378) and BRP Alberto Navarette (PG 394).

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PS-38 during a send off ceremony 18 October 2004.  AFP PHOTO ROMEO GACAD

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Re: BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2017, 05:26:37 AM »
First CARAT Exercise Phase Concludes in Philippines | U.S. Navy - 12 June 2007
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MANILA, Philippines (NNS) -- The first phase of the 13th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series ended June 8 with a festive ceremony in the multi-purpose hall at Philippine Navy Headquarters in Manila.

"Together through nine days of exercises ashore and afloat, and projects benefiting the communities and people of the Philippines, we have reaffirmed the close bond and friendship our two countries share," said Collins, commander of Destroyer Squadron 1 and Task Group 73.5. "One of the goals for this year's CARAT, as stated by Adm. (William) Burke during our opening ceremony in Zamboanga, was to build upon the relationship our armed forces have developed since World War II. Well, I have seen that relationship continue to grow firsthand."

CARAT allowed the U.S. and Philippine armed forces the opportunity to enhance practical skills in several tactical areas, including maritime interdiction and surveillance, search and seizure exercises, a mock amphibious raid, force protection, and diving and salvage operations. This combined effort extended to civic-action projects undertaken by the two nations in CARAT's first visit to Mindanao, where the exercise began May 31.

Philippine assets included the Philippine Navy patrol ships BRP Artemio Ricarte (PS 37), BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS 38) and BRP Quezon (PS 70), the Philippine Coast Guard vessel BRP San Juan (SAR 001), and four BN-2 Islander patrol aircraft flown by the Philippine Navy and Coast Guard.

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Re: BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 09:34:13 PM »
Did PN just remove one of BRP Mariano Alvarez's 25mm Bushmasters and change it with 2x twin .50 cal?



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Re: BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2017, 09:07:40 AM »
Beat me to the post. Was wondering the same thing.

Wouldn't be a surprise though.  The PN, when faced with difficulties in operating or maintaining turrets, removes them and replaces them with simpler guns.
Not enough funding to repair a one off turret I suppose.

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Re: BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2017, 09:31:59 PM »
Probably true, as the one-off design hasn't been updated or with growth path.  Parts availability and cost may also play some part.  And lastly -- OpTempo experiences might not necessarily need the stern 25mm, and instead smaller (.50-cal / 7.62mm)-caliber MGS's with higher ROF might be more suited.

The USN sisters had been uprated and upgraded with short-range SSM and SAMs, while the previous 25mm turrets were replaced with Mk.38 Mod 2 RCWS.  These were essentials, since ten of them are deployed at the high-threat area of Persian Gulf (against Iran).

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Re: BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2017, 10:19:08 PM »
I'm going into the "what if" but how about a navalized version of the one on the M-113 (Elbit UT25?) if the 50 cal is more suitable, how about the m153 CROWS / Mk50 sea protector? this should bring back the lost capabilities (range, day/night targeting, stabilized platform, etc). seems to be a big waste to have bigger hulls with downgraded systems...

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Re: BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2017, 12:30:14 AM »
Why on earth do you want a navalized UT25 when Elbit offers their whole suite of Typhoon series navalized gun mounts?

Of course, unless you have a ton of money to throw at Elbit for them to develop and certify one.... in order to buy just one?

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Re: BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2017, 08:00:31 AM »
Why on earth do you want a navalized UT25 when Elbit offers their whole suite of Typhoon series navalized gun mounts?

Of course, unless you have a ton of money to throw at Elbit for them to develop and certify one.... in order to buy just one?

The fanboi in me wants two of these mounts, one fore and aft, on the PS-38. But given how hard its been getting just one for the WHECs . . .


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Re: BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2017, 02:34:39 AM »
They (Rafael Typhoons, Mk38s) are not exactly expensive (e.g < USD $1 mil a piece).

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Re: BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2017, 09:03:53 PM »
NOTICE TO MARINERS NUMBER 157-2017
Published: 17 August 2017

http://www.coastguard.gov.ph/index.php/notice-to-mariners/notam-2017/august-2017/1733-notice-to-mariners-number-157-2017

Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that:

1. Reference: Philippine Navy Radio Message Cite NOCB-0817-102.

2. The Philippine Navy vessels will conduct test firing of their naval guns on dates and maritime areas bounded with the following coordinates:

BOW NR     DATE     VICINITY     COORDINATES
                   
PS38     30 AUG 17     15 NM SE OFF PATA ISLAND, SULU     PT A LAT       05 43.000  N     LONG  121 20.000 E
PT B LAT       05 38.000  N     LONG  121 20.100 E
PT C LAT       05 38.000  N     LONG  121 25.000 E
PT D LAT       05 43.000  N     LONG  121 25.000 E

 3. In this connection, all ships/watercrafts transiting the vicinity of the abovementioned 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 General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2018, 09:01:13 PM »
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Re: BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38) - ex-USS Cyclone
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2018, 10:06:10 PM »
From: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2386599884698909&id=231970423495210

On March 09, 2018, Rear Admiral Danilo R Rodelas AFP, Commander Philippine Fleet, led the Send-off Ceremony of BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS38) to Naval Forces Western Mindanao area of operations. The send off was held at Captain Moya Boat Landing, NBHA, Sangley Point, Cavite City.

Prior to her maintenance, PS38 was involved in numerous missions in the coastal waters of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, including the whole Zamboanga Peninsula. Among these missions were Coastal Patrols, Maritime Interdiction Operations, Navy Seal Insertion and Extraction Operations, Contingency Operation from permissive non-combatant evacuations, and Counter-Insurgency Operations.

In his message, Rear Admiral Rodelas said, with immense pride, the Philippine Navy has its cutting edge, ready as ever to send one of its assets as an additional contribution to the mandate of protecting our maritime domain and our national territory.

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