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BRP Gregorio Velasquez [ex-R/V Melville]
« on: December 31, 2016, 09:35:31 AM »
US Navy research ship is now BRP Gregorio Velasquez

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News
Posted at 04/29/16 12:33 AM

SAN DIEGO - Forty-six years, a million and a half miles, and even a little bit of showbiz, the R/V Melville was one of the most well-traveled and well-known oceanographic research vessels in the world.

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In a commissioning and baptism ceremony, the US Navy facilitated the transfer of the R/V Melville from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to the Philippine Navy.

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It may be used for gathering information that may some day aid in ongoing territorial disputes, specifically in the West Philippine Sea.

While it is not meant for combat, the Melville, which is now renamed as BRP Gregorio Velasquez after the Filipino scientist, will be used by both the military and the private sector.

It will serve as a platform for scientific research, making those functions as well as humanitarian assistance and rescue efforts. These are the capabilities this vessel will provide.

Last November, the White House announced that the 279-foot research ship, along with the USCGC Boutwell, were part of the US military's efforts to help the Philippines maintains its maritime presence and patrols in its own waters.

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BRP Gregorio Velasquez is expected to arrive at the Philippine Navy home port in Subic by late June, ready for duty.


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