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Title: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on September 25, 2016, 03:53:13 PM
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13/05/2011: Philippine Navy Acquires Hamilton Cutter

http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/news/1682/300/Philippine-Navy-Acquires-Hamilton-Cutter/d,phildet/

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (8th from the right) and Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. (8th from the left) together with Philippine Navy officers and crew aboard the newly-acquired vessel.The ship flying the Philippine flag.

Photo on left shows Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (8th from the right) and Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. (8th from the left) together with Philippine Navy officers and crew aboard the newly-acquired vessel. Photo on right shows the ship flying the Philippine flag.

13 May 2011, Washington DC. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia Jr. formally accepted the transfer today of a Hamilton class Cutter during formal ceremonies held in Alameda, California.  Ambassador Cuisia was accompanied at the ceremony by Consul General Marciano A. Paynor Jr., Captain Antonio A. Habulan of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, and Colonel Edwin Erni of the Philippine National Police Office in San Francisco.  Vice Admiral Manson Brown, Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area and Defense Force West, signed the transfer documents for the U.S. government.

In his remarks during the transfer ceremony, Ambassador Cuisia noted that the success of the project is an indication of the robust Philippine-U.S. partnership and serves as an expression of the U.S.’ commitment to help the Philippines protect its maritime domain.

The cutter will officially become the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, with Captain Alberto Cruz at the helm.  He is part of a group of eight officers and thirteen enlisted personnel from the Philippine Navy, who are currently undergoing training with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on September 25, 2016, 03:53:53 PM
Reserved for first photos
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on September 25, 2016, 03:54:25 PM
The photographs below chronicle the transformation of the USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715) into the BRP Gregorio del Pilar. The sun-and-stars was fully raised on 1418H May 13, 2011.

This is the second ship to bear this name. The previous bearer of the name, PF-8, was also a former US Coast Guard ship, the USCGC McCulloch (WHEC-386), a Barnegat class WHEC obtained from the former Republic of South Vietnam.

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: Ayoshi on September 26, 2016, 07:41:27 PM
Philippines - China Standoff near Scarborough Shoal, April 2012

Inquirer (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/32341/ph-chinese-naval-vessels-in-scarborough-shoal-standoff) - April 11th, 2012
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To protect the marine environment and resources in the Panatag Shoal and to assert Philippine sovereignty and sovereign rights over the area as a responsible coastal state, the Philippine Navy deployed the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) from Palawan to Northern Luzon waters on the same day to conduct maritime patrol over the Shoal.

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The navy vessel remained in the vicinity of the shoal for continuous monitoring of the fishing vessels, it added.

In the morning of April 10, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, in accordance with the established rules of engagement, dispatched a boarding team to inspect the fishing vessels and collect photos and other evidence of their catch.

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It added that the BRP Gregorio del Pilar later reported that two Chinese maritime surveillance ships identified as Zhonggou Haijian 75 and Zhonggou Haijian 84 managed to sail to the mouth of the shoal, placing themselves between PF-15 and the eight Chinese fishing vessels, thus preventing the arrest of the Chinese fishermen.

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Filipino soldiers board a Chinese fishing vessel loaded with giant clam shells, corals and live sharks. Contributed Photo From Nolcom (via inquirer.net)
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: Ayoshi on September 26, 2016, 08:31:12 PM
2013

BRP Gregorio del Pilar's main gun tested | philstar (http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/07/31/1035901/brp-gregorio-del-pilars-main-gun-tested) - July 31, 2013
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Navy spokesman Lieutenant Commander Gregory Fabic said the test fire of the ship’s 76 mm Oto Melara gun was held off the coast of Olongapo to avoid inflicting damage to fishing vessels.

Fabic, however, clarified that that the test fire was not a ‘show of force’ against China, which has been boosting its maritime presence in the region.

“All the ships of the Philippine Navy conduct test firing once in a while,” he said.

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Fabic said a balloon known as “killer tomato” served as the vessel’s target. The target was placed two nautical miles from the ship.

“The target was hit after five rounds. No assessment will be made since the target was hit so it’s very effective,” Fabic told reporters on Wednesday.

The test fire was held in Zambales since BRP del Pilar was in Subic in preparation for the arrival of BRP Ramon Alcaraz, another vessel acquired from the US, on Friday.

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2014

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A member of the Philippine Navy demonstrates one of the guns on board the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF15) warship at Manila's pier, Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The refurbished former U.S. Coast Guard Hamilton-class weather high endurance cutter is now the country's biggest and most modern warship and is part of a drive by the Philippines to modernize its navy amid tensions with China over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Inside BRP Gregoryo Del Pilar (2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p4v_A4WEAU

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2015

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PN Frigate BRP Gregorio Del Pilar PF-15 While Underway with an AW-109 Naval Helicopter Landing on it's Flight Deck
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Photo: Modernize the PN FB Page

US President Barack Obama visits PH Navy flagship, Nov. 2015 

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Photo: voanews.com

YouTube Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZr7LvqJOyM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8rlxXae6Rk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kya923Js3-s

Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on September 27, 2016, 08:46:24 AM
Before the turn over ceremony

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on October 12, 2016, 06:10:28 AM
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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on October 19, 2016, 12:42:13 PM
NOTICE TO MARINERS NUMBER 078-2016

http://www.coastguard.gov.ph/index.php/notice-to-mariners/notam-2016/august-2016/1314-notice-to-mariners-number-078-2016

1. Reference: Philippine Navy Radio Message Cite NOCB-0816-046.

2. The Philippine Navy vessels with Bow Nr. FF15, FF11 and PS20 will conduct Gunnery Exercise at vicinity 14 nautical miles Southwest off Luzon, Mariveles, Bataan on August 25 to 26, 2016 bounded by the following coordinates:

Point A   Latitude   14 degs  21.00  mins North
    Longitude   120 degs  16.00  mins East

Point B   Latitude   14 degs  15.00  mins North
    Longitude   120 degs  16.00  mins East

Point C   Latitude   14 degs  15.00  mins North
    Longitude   120 degs  10.00  mins East

Point D   Latitude   14 degs  21.00  mins North
    Longitude   120 degs  10.00  mins East

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.
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: 40niner on October 22, 2016, 07:51:17 AM
Some changes on the navigational radar set of BRP Gregorio del Pilar :

Right Photo : Our (historical) photo references for her radar fit during her arrival and when ...... she eventually did had that (subtle) upgrade.  A Dec 2014 media tour video by VJNorz (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p4v_A4WEAU&list=UUxb2v3s2h9uggVcMpv0ejyg) already had that upgrade.

Left Photo was  from Inquirer.Net (http://frame.inquirer.net/files/2015/11/20151117-20151117NJO-101.jpg) -- during the APEC / Obama's visit on her last Nov 2015.

Take note of the larger S-band now on top of the mast, and the X-band on the lower, but forward mount.

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: LionFlyer on March 04, 2017, 09:36:10 PM
MK 38 Mod 3 for the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15). Contract dated 29 October 2015. Delivery date by April 2017. Should see this installed later this year.

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BAE Systems Land and Armaments LP, Armament Systems Division, Louisville, Kentucky, is being awarded a $30,556,246 firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal 2015 production of the MK 38 mod 3 machine gun system (MGS).  This contract is to fulfill specified requirements and technical performance requirements for the MK38 mod 3 25mm MGS ordnance alteration and provide additional spare parts.
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This contract combines purchases for the U.S. government (93.76 percent); and the government of the Philippines (6.24 percent).  Work will be performed in Haifa, Israel (67 percent); and Louisville, Kentucky (33 percent), and is expected to complete in April 2017.
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https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/626594
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on April 21, 2017, 03:44:03 PM
FF15 deployed to Pagasa Island for SND Lorenzana's visit

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: dr demented on April 24, 2017, 08:59:16 PM
BRP Gregorio del Pilar has been relieved from its West Philippine Sea patrol assignments by BRP Andres Bonifacio. 

The del Pilar will be returning to Subic for its Continuous Maintenance Availability.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/navalforceswest/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1320953867959477
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: dr demented on April 25, 2017, 07:41:34 AM
Something to watch for.........

Perhaps this might be a part of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar's Continuous Maintenance Availability.

https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/959765/

(taken from the US Department of Defense contract page -- awarded September 29, 2016)

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BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, Armament Systems Division, Louisville, Kentucky, is being awarded a $25,427,512 firm-fixed-price supply contract for the fiscal 2016 production of the MK 38 MOD 3 Machine Gun System (MGS).   This contract is to fulfill specified requirements and technical performance requirements for the MK38 MOD3 25mm Machine Gun System ordnance alteration and provide additional spare parts.  The MGS produced is derived from application of an ordnance alteration to the MK 38 MOD 1 25mm MGS.  Once installed, version incorporates two-axis stabilization, an improved Electro-Optical Sight System, improved Multi-Function Display, modified Main Control Panel, a new Main Computing Unit, a 7.62mm machine gun and remote control operation.  This contract combines purchases for the Navy (84 percent); and the governments of the Philippines (8 percent); and Jordan (8 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed Hafia, Israel (67 percent); and Louisville, Kentucky (33 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2018. Fiscal 2016 weapons procurement (Navy); foreign military sales; and fiscal 2015 weapons procurement (Coast Guard) funding in the amount of $25,427,512 will be obligated at the time of award.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(a)(2) - only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00174-16-C-0053).
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on May 06, 2017, 12:47:57 AM
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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on May 14, 2017, 02:16:00 AM
From: https://www.facebook.com/ff15pn/posts/793502037480080

 The Philippine National Flag was proudly flown during the 6th Western Pacific Naval Symposium Multilateral Sea Exercise (WMSX).

This 6th WMSX, hosted by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), will be participated by ten (10) naval warships of various countries to include Malaysia, Vietnam, France, Canada, Japan, South Korea, US and Philippines. Singapore will be leading the said sea exercise.

WMSX event was set from May 11 to 13, 2017 which aimed to promote procedural interoperability and enhance mutual understanding among warships of WPNS members by practicing the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), among others.

Likewise, RSN ship RSS Stalwart was the WMSX Group 2 facilitator. Participating ships were grouped into two Surface Action Groups (SAG) with the Philippines’ FF15 belonging to SAG 2 under the auspices of Canadian’s HMCS Ottawa.

This segment of the RSN Golden Jubilee Celebration featured Publication Exercise (PUBEX); FLAGHOIST Exercise; Screen exercise (SCREENEX); Flashing Light Exercise (FLASHEX); and Photo Exercises (PHOTOEX).

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on May 16, 2017, 02:23:26 AM
Singapore International Maritime Review 2017

From: https://www.facebook.com/singaporenavy/photos/a.1483865601677620.1073742145.501718186559038/1483869188343928/?type=3

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on May 26, 2017, 02:26:26 AM
LD-602 and FF-15 at Sasa Wharf

https://www.facebook.com/jeric.miel/posts/1377469095652587

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: LionFlyer on May 26, 2017, 10:19:17 PM
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4189/33847049383_27f617d9f3_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TyWYyX)BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (https://flic.kr/p/TyWYyX) by cyberpioneer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cyberpioneer/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4155/34516262002_466ac43873_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/UA5Say)Singapore International Maritime Review 2017 (https://flic.kr/p/UA5Say) by cyberpioneer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cyberpioneer/), on Flickr
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on June 01, 2017, 03:31:41 AM
119th PN Anniversary

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: firstknight on June 06, 2017, 11:31:06 AM
FF-15 in davao from my friend camera

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: dr demented on June 09, 2017, 10:59:21 AM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/994280

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BRP Del Pilar in Boracay for ‘show the flag’ mission

June 8, 2017

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, June 8 -- The Philippine Navy’s BRP Gregorio del Pilar is in Boracay on Thursday for a “show the flag” mission to display the navy’s capability in responding to any maritime threats.

The Philippine frigate carrying more than 100 marine officers conducted patrols around the island and its immediate vicinity.

Commodore Loumer Bernabe, commander of the Naval Forces Central and Maritime Joint Task Force “Area Shield” said the activity aimed to showcase the navy’s capability to respond to threats, including terrorism.

Bernabe said Boracay was one area of concern being a top tourist destination. Prior to Boracay, the navy docked in Davao and Surigao in Mindanao.

He said it was also in support of the continued maritime security operation in the island, in line with the mandate of the local group, the Joint Task Force Boracay.

“This is to show to the people of Boracay and its stakeholders that the Philippine Navy is ready to respond to any maritime challenge,” Bernabe said.

The command group of the frigate led by Capt. Francisco Cacho docked in Boracay on Wednesday and will leave Friday.

After Boracay, the frigate will be going to other parts of Visayas, according to Bernabe.

Meanwhile, another patrol vessel will be sent to Boracay on Friday, Bernabe said. “This will be an addition to the two existing vessels of the Navy here,” he said.

Bernabe said Navy SEALs officers, who are trained for special operations, would also be deployed to Boracay next week. (Karen Bermejo/PNA)
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: Ayoshi on September 01, 2017, 11:27:55 AM
Inside | BRP Gregoryo Del Pilar (2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p4v_A4WEAU

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2017

* BRP Gregorio Del Pilar In Boracay (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGMkv9nsAWY)

* Thai ship HTMS Naresuan followed by Philippine ship BRP Gregoro Del Pilar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQHUH1Bq7ug)

Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on October 23, 2017, 03:39:17 AM
NOTICE TO MARINERS NUMBER 103-2017
Published: 14 June 2017

http://www.coastguard.gov.ph/index.php/notice-to-mariners/notam-2017/june-2017/1639-notice-to-mariners-number-103-2017

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

1. Reference: Philippine Navy Radio Message Cite NOCB-0617-104

2. The Philippine Navy vessel FF 15 will conduct test firing of her newly delivered ammunitions for 76MM and 26 MM tentatively anytime from 16 to 25 June 2017 at vicinity 14 NM SW off Luzon Pt., Mariveles, Bataan bounded with the following coordinates:

PT   LATITUDE   LONGITUDE
PT A   LAT 14° 21.000’ N   LONG 120° 15.000’ E
PT B   LAT 14° 15.000’ N   LONG 120° 15.000’ E
PT C   LAT 14° 15.000’ N   LONG 120° 09.000’ E
PT D   LAT 14° 21.000’ N   LONG 120° 09.000’ E

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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NOTICE TO MARINERS NUMBER 158-2017
Published: 17 August 2017

http://www.coastguard.gov.ph/index.php/notice-to-mariners/notam-2017/august-2017/1739-notice-to-mariners-number-158-2017

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

1. Reference: Philippine Navy Radio Message Cite NOCB-0817-101

2. The following Philippine Navy vessel will conduct test firing of tabheir naval guns on dates and maritime areas indicated as follows:

BOW NR     DATE     VICINITY     COORDINATES
     DATE           
FF15
PS70
PS74
AS71
PC374
     03-06 Sep 17     Plan A: 11 NM E OFF COMIRAN ISLAND, BALABAC, PALAWAN
Plan B: 29 NM NW OFF LONG PT., ANEPAHAN, PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, PALAWAN
     Plan A

PT. A – LAT       08° 05.00’ N     LONG  117° 35.00’ E
PT. B – LAT        08° 05.00’ N     LONG  117° 35.00’ E
PT. C - LAT       07° 55.00’ N     LONG  117° 35.00’ E
PT. D – LAT       07° 55.00’ N     LONG  117° 25.00’ E

Plan B

PT. A – LAT       10° 10.00’ N     LONG  117° 50.00’ E
PT. B – LAT        10° 10.00’ N     LONG  118° 00.00’ E
PT. C - LAT       10° 00.00’ N     LONG  118° 00.00’ E
PT. D – LAT       10° 00.00’ N     LONG  117° 50.00’ E
                 
                 
PC375
PC389
     08-09 Sep 17     15 NM SE OFF LINAPACAN ISL. LINAPACAN, PALAWAN     PT. A – LAT       11° 05.00’ N     LONG  119° 55.00’ E
PT. B – LAT        11° 05.00’ N     LONG  120° 05.00’ E
PT. C - LAT       10° 55.00’ N     LONG  120° 05.00’ E
PT. D – LAT       10° 55.00’ N     LONG  119° 55.00’ 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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NOTICE TO MARINERS NUMBER 206-2017
Published: 13 October 2017

http://www.coastguard.gov.ph/index.php/notice-to-mariners/notam-2017/2017oct/1808-notice-to-mariners-number-206-2017

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

1. Reference: Philippine Navy Radio Message Cite NOCB-1017-206.

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
                      
FF15     24-27 OCT 17     21 NM SW OFF CORREGIDOR ISLAND,
MARIVELES, BATAAN
     PT A – LAT 14° 19.000’  N

        LONG 120° 03.000’ E

PT B – LAT 14° 10.000’  N

       LONG 120°13.200’ E

PT C – LAT 04° 09.000’  N

       LONG 120° 13.000’ E

 PT D – LAT 14° 09.000’  N

         LONG 120° 03.000’ E
                      
LC288

LC291

LC293

LC289

AGS700

AGS701

PC387

PC388

PC381

BA484

BA486
     25-26 OCT 17     10 NM E OFF COMIRAN MATANAL PT.,
BASILAN
  PT A – LAT 06° 19.000’  N

         LONG 120° 03.000’ E

PT B – LAT 14° 10.000’  N

        LONG 120°13.200’ E

PT C – LAT 04° 09.000’  N

        LONG 120° 13.000’ E

PT D – LAT 14° 09.000’  N

        LONG 120° 03.000’ 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.
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on November 17, 2017, 03:08:17 PM
PH Navy ships in Thailand for ASEAN naval exercise
By Priam Nepomuceno, Philippine News Agency on November 13, 2017

http://www.canadianinquirer.net/2017/11/13/ph-navy-ships-in-thailand-for-asean-naval-exercise/

MANILA — BRP Tarlac (LD-601) and the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15), the country’s participants to the ASEAN Multilateral Naval Exercises 2017 (AMNEX), have arrived and docked at the Chuk Samet Port in Chonburi District, Thailand Monday.

The first-ever multilateral naval exercise conducted by ASEAN is scheduled from November 13 to 22.

Capt. Donn Anthony L. Miraflor, Naval Task Group 80.5 Commander, said BRP Tarlac, the Philippine Navy’s largest vessel to date, is carrying an AgustaWestland AW-109 combat utility helicopter.

All 10 ASEAN member states and nine non-ASEAN countries will be participating in the naval drills which will be held at Sattahip and Pattaya Bay in Thailand.

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: Manokski on December 12, 2017, 05:16:09 AM
Starboard side view
https://www.flickr.com/photos/50567123@N04/35437573562/in/pool-psss/
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on December 24, 2017, 04:22:56 PM
Oto Melara internals. Circa August 2011

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on April 30, 2018, 08:35:39 AM
From: https://www.facebook.com/adrothph/posts/933687200145867

Pollywogs start its initiation rite

It is not just an experience of a multilateral naval exercise outside the country but an opportunity to be involved in one of the unique naval tradition, the “Crossing the Line Ceremony.” This is how the PN contingent feels when the flag ship of the Philippine Navy, BRP GREGORIO DEL PILAR came closer to the Equator line.

As it getting nearer, the “Shellbacks” who have “crossed the line” started the conduct of the “initiation” rites to all “Pollywogs.”

The “Pollywogs,” who have not yet crossed the line was led by the Commander Naval Task Force 83, Capt Danilo G Fuentes Jr PN (GSC). Usually, this ceremony in the Philippine Navy involves a series of physical exercises and inflicts severe physical discomforts.

As the “initiation” started, all of the Pollywogs experienced the unpleasant features of the initiation. This will continue until the time where the ship crosses the equator.

This tradition may have originated with ceremonies to become a “folly” sanctioned in order to boost morale, or to serve as a test for seasoned sailors to ensure their new shipmates were capable of handling long rough times at sea.


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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on April 30, 2018, 10:00:04 AM
From: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/1650213608397813/

Ship’s riders’ trains for Survival

Commanding Officer, BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF15), Cmdr Santiago Pacis Jr PN (GSC) emphasizes the importance of emergency preparedness during the ship’s voyage to participate in the multilateral naval exercise codenamed, KOMODO 2018.

“It is our responsibility to remain prepared for emergencies, everyone must learn how to survive in the ship,” he stated.

Members of the PN contingent experienced how to use personal protective of equipment such as Emergency Escape Breathing Device (EEBD) and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). This was followed by demonstration of different fire fighting tactics to combat fire.


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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on April 30, 2018, 10:03:54 AM
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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on May 09, 2018, 04:18:25 PM
PN participates in the fleet inspection at Indonesia

https://www.facebook.com/philippinenavy/posts/10155663906447956

Philippine Navy vessel, BRP Gregorio S Del Pilar FF-15 participates in the Fleet Inspection after the 3rd Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo 2018 finally opens at Port Lembar, Lombok Island, Indonesia last 05 May 2018. There are 35 vessels that take part for this harbor phase activity.

The Vice Commander, Philippine Navy, Rear Admiral Gaudencio Collado AFP together with all the VIPs and invited guests attends the fleet inspection on board KRI Barakuda and KRI Tongkol. All the participating vessels paraded to be inspected by the reviewing ship headed by the Indonesian Chief of Navy, Admiral Ade Supandi.

PN helicopter NH431 together with the participating Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing Aircrafts conducted Fly Pass during the Fleet Inspection. This is the first formation flying that was participated by the PN rotary wing aircraft together with other countries.


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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on July 08, 2018, 12:30:06 PM
Background on how the FF-15 acquisition was funded.

President ‘very strict’ about Malampaya Fund, now P130B
By: Michael Lim Ubac - Day Desk Chief / @umichaelNQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:22 AM September 21, 2013

The Malampaya Fund’s current balance stands at P130 billion, and President Benigno Aquino III spent only P15 billion from the fund in 2011 and 2012 “for energy-related projects including the purchase, refurbishment and transport of a US Coast Guard cutter,” Malacañang said Friday.

The Palace justified the use of Malampaya funds for the ship renamed BRP Gregorio del Pilar as it will be used to secure our energy resources in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Unlike the Arroyo administration, Mr. Aquino’s government did not dip into the fund and spend the money for purposes other than what was provided by Presidential Decree No. 910 of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.

The Marcos-era decree provides that royalties and proceeds from the exploitation of energy resources should form part of a special fund to finance energy development projects of the government.

< Edited >

“There have been 10 projects funded, sourced from the Malampaya Fund since the President took over on June 30, 2010,” said Valte.

But presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda admitted in a previous interview that Mr. Aquino had tapped into the fund to pay for the P423-million refurbishment of the US Coast Guard Hamilton Class cutter that the government acquired from the United States in 2011. The vessel has now been renamed the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of only two warships that the country owns.

He justified the use of Malampaya money because the refurbished Gregorio del Pilar was to be used “to secure our energy resources” in the West Philippine Sea.

“So we have been very studious and judicious in the use of the Malampaya (Fund),” Lacierda said.

< Edited >

In 2012, the Aquino government tapped the fund for two programs: the Barangay Line Enhancement and Sitio Electri fication Projects, P1.108 billion; and for the transfer, dry-docking and periodic hull maintenance costs of one weather high-endurance cutter class vessel, P880.6 million.



Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/491851/president-very-strict-about-malampaya-fund-now-p130b#ixzz5KdLAhabo

Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on July 08, 2018, 01:34:30 PM
Sail-by of the Malampaya Oil Field in 2013. Photo c/o of the Philippine Navy

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on July 08, 2018, 03:05:09 PM
When Goyo first arrived in Philippine territory from CONUS

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Title: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Manokski on August 30, 2018, 10:59:40 PM
News of the event is starting to filter out.  No news on the state of the ship and its crew.
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: tagalacion on August 30, 2018, 11:43:59 PM
BRP Gregorio del Pilar, sumadsad sa Hasa-Hasa Shoal
 (http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/30/18/brp-gregorio-del-pilar-sumadsad-sa-hasa-hasa-shoal)

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MAYNILA (UPDATED) - Sumadsad ang BRP Gregorio del Pilar, ang flagship ng Philippine Navy, sa Hasa-Hasa Shoal sa Spratly Islands, West Philippine Sea nitong Miyerkoles.

Ayon sa Western Command, nagsasagawa ng patrol ang barko na patungo sa Ulugan Bay, Palawan nang mangyari ang insidente.

Walang nasaktan sa insidente, ayon kay Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, chief ng Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs.


PH Navy flagship runs aground in West PH Sea
 (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/169392/ph-navy-flagship-runs-aground-in-west-ph-sea)

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The Philippine Navy’s flagship has ran aground near Hasa-Hasa Shoal while on routine patrol in the West Philippine Sea, the military said Thursday night.

...

While there were no casualties, it is still unclear how badly the vessel was damaged.
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Manokski on August 31, 2018, 01:56:13 AM
"A military report seen by The Associated Press said the propellers of the frigate, which has more than 100 crewmembers, were damaged by the grounding. The crew checked the frigate after it ran aground and found it was not taking in water."

Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/article217576730.html#storylink=cpy
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on August 31, 2018, 01:56:49 AM
RETRIEVAL OPERATIONS |  PN ship ran aground in West PH Sea
Posted by Alvin Santiago on August 30, 2018 at 9:51 AM

http://dwdd.com.ph/2018/08/30/reyrieval-operations-pn-ship-ran-aground-in-west-ph-sea/


PUERTO PRINSESA, Palawan (DWDD) – A Gregorio Del Pilar Class cutter of the Philippine Navy ran aground at the vicinity 2 Nautical Miles, North-North East Off Hasa-Hasa Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.

According to reports reaching the AFP Western Command, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF15) ran aground around 4:39 in the morning of August 29, off Hasa-Hasa Shoal.

Team WESCOM has alerted floating assets of this command for rescue operations.

They have also convened the battle staff at WESCOM Command Operations Center to map out the next plan of actions, while directing a Navy NOMAD 87 to conduct aerial reconnaissance within the vicinity of FF15. WESCOM / MCAG
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: baybum7 on August 31, 2018, 02:17:48 AM
Not sure if this is the photo of the incident, but below was the description provided as well:

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PH Navy flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) runs aground near Hasa Hasa Shoal (Half Moon Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) on Wednesday, Aug. 29./ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Read more: Source - Inquirer (http://PH Navy flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) runs aground near Hasa Hasa Shoal (Half Moon Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) on Wednesday, Aug. 29./ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on August 31, 2018, 04:13:48 AM
Location of Hasa Hasa Shoal / Half Moon Shoal

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Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Invictus on August 31, 2018, 09:41:25 AM
Navy frigate grounded in Hasa-Hasa Shoal: DND chief (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046529)
By Priam Nepomuceno  August 31, 2018, 9:25 am

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MANILA -- Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday confirmed that Navy flagship, the 3,250 gross ton BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) ran aground on Wednesday in Hasa-Hasa Shoal (international name Half Moon) which lies 65 nautical miles off west of Balabac, Palawan.

He added that the Philippine Navy (PN) is still assessing the damage sustained by the frigate before towing it clear.

"That is true (grounding of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar in Hasa-Hasa Shoal) It is still there and the Navy is still assessing damage before pulling it out," Lorenzana said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The ship is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the PN from the United States Coard Guard and converted into frigates.

These ships have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, a length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet while its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots.

These vessels have a cruising range of 14,000 miles and has a sea and loiter time of 45 days and armed with a 76mm Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25mm and 20mm light cannons and .50 caliber machine guns.

Col. Noel Detoyato, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, said, “All afloat vessels in the Western Command area have already been mobilized to conduct assessment, retrieve the aground vessel and return her to safe harbor, and assist all personnel aboard BRP Del Pilar.”

Other assets from nearby AFP installations are also on standby for any contingency, he added.

Initial reports showed that none of the personnel on board have been hurt due to the incident.

"An investigation is expected in such situations to find out the possible causes of the grounding and to come up with steps to ensure that similar incidents will be prevented," Detoyato added. (PNA)
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Invictus on August 31, 2018, 03:57:49 PM
BRP Gregorio Del Pilar still operational despite grounding: AFP (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046548)
By Priam Nepomuceno  August 31, 2018, 1:49 pm

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MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has assured that the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's largest warships, is still operational after it sustained minimal damage when it ran aground in the vicinity of the Hasa-hasa Shoal in Palawan Wednesday night.

The impact did not cause any heavy damage to the ship's hull, AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said Friday.

"Damage to the hull is very minimal," Detoyato said, adding that the starboard or right propeller sustained damage due to the grounding.

He, however, maintained that the port or left propeller and engines remained intact.

Detoyato said two tugboats from Batangas have already been deployed to aid in the recovery of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, with one leaving Thursday afternoon and another later on Friday.

These small craft are expected to reach the grounded frigate in two days and will be used in removing it. The grounding site is being secured by other naval assets in the area.

The ship is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the PN from the United States Coast Guard and converted into frigates.

These ships have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, a length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet while its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots. They have a cruising range of 14,000 miles and a sea and loiter time of 45 days. They are armed with a 76-mm. Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25-mm. and 20-mm. light cannons, and .50 caliber machineguns.

"An investigation is expected in such situations to find out the possible causes of the grounding and to come up with steps to ensure that similar incidents will be prevented," Detoyato said. (PNA)
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: sbhntr on August 31, 2018, 05:05:36 PM
Had that déjà vu feeling.....plan frig dongguan (july 2012).

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NG21Ae01.html
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: tagalacion on September 01, 2018, 12:24:41 AM
I knew this was coming.

Lorenzana backtracks on Russian submarines (https://www.rappler.com/nation/210797-delfin-lorenzana-backtracks-russian-submarines)

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“The congressman is correct that a submarine is very expensive. In the first place, the capital outlay is already very expensive. To maintain it is also very expensive. To man it, you need two sets of crews that will alternate in manning the submarine,” Lorenzana said.


PH cautioned on plans to buy submarines (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/169423/ph-cautioned-on-plans-to-buy-submarines)

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“It could suck up resources badly needed for modernization elsewhere, with the added risk that it would not end up delivering the desired deterrent capability,” he said.

On Wednesday night, the Philippine Navy’s flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15), a former US Coast Guard Cutter, ran aground while on a routine mission in the West Philippine Sea.


All I can say is 'wow'!  What a coincidence!  How many times has GDP patrolled that shoal since 2013?  And they happen to run aground now just when the PN needed all the credibility boost it can get - what with everyone questioning its ability to operate submarines?

And now, less than 48 hours after the incident, SND is singing a different tune wrt submarines and the media is already playing up the incompetence angle to question the plan to get submarines.

The GDP skipper's career better be sunk from here on out because he just did his country and his navy a massive disservice.
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on September 01, 2018, 03:43:33 AM
I knew this was coming.

Lorenzana backtracks on Russian submarines (https://www.rappler.com/nation/210797-delfin-lorenzana-backtracks-russian-submarines)

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“The congressman is correct that a submarine is very expensive. In the first place, the capital outlay is already very expensive. To maintain it is also very expensive. To man it, you need two sets of crews that will alternate in manning the submarine,” Lorenzana said.


PH cautioned on plans to buy submarines (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/169423/ph-cautioned-on-plans-to-buy-submarines)

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“It could suck up resources badly needed for modernization elsewhere, with the added risk that it would not end up delivering the desired deterrent capability,” he said.

On Wednesday night, the Philippine Navy’s flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15), a former US Coast Guard Cutter, ran aground while on a routine mission in the West Philippine Sea.


All I can say is 'wow'!  What a coincidence!  How many times has GDP patrolled that shoal since 2013?  And they happen to run aground now just when the PN needed all the credibility boost it can get - what with everyone questioning its ability to operate submarines?

And now, less than 48 hours after the incident, SND is singing a different tune wrt submarines and the media is already playing up the incompetence angle to question the plan to get submarines.

The GDP skipper's career better be sunk from here on out because he just did his country and his navy a massive disservice.

The push for submarines was never going to be something that would be completed overnight. It was a long term project that was simply given more attention than normal . . . and the press ran with it.

Headlines that label the SND's position as "backtracking" betrays a lack of understanding of the nature of the submarine study.

What is clear is that:

Submarines have been on the PN's radar (or should I say, Sonar) since, at the very least, the Estrada administration (See here: http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=1125.0)
The PN submarine office exists
The submarine office has been funded sufficiently to have PN officers take a serious look at its options
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on September 01, 2018, 03:46:18 AM
BRP Gregorio Del Pilar still operational despite grounding: AFP
By Priam Nepomuceno  August 31, 2018, 1:49 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046548

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has assured that the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's largest warships, is still operational after it sustained minimal damage when it ran aground in the vicinity of the Hasa-hasa Shoal in Palawan Wednesday night.

The impact did not cause any heavy damage to the ship's hull, AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said Friday.

"Damage to the hull is very minimal," Detoyato said, adding that the starboard or right propeller sustained damage due to the grounding.

He, however, maintained that the port or left propeller and engines remained intact.

Detoyato said two tugboats from Batangas have already been deployed to aid in the recovery of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, with one leaving Thursday afternoon and another later on Friday.

These small craft are expected to reach the grounded frigate in two days and will be used in removing it. The grounding site is being secured by other naval assets in the area.

The ship is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the PN from the United States Coast Guard and converted into frigates.

These ships have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, a length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet while its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots. They have a cruising range of 14,000 miles and a sea and loiter time of 45 days. They are armed with a 76-mm. Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25-mm. and 20-mm. light cannons, and .50 caliber machineguns.

"An investigation is expected in such situations to find out the possible causes of the grounding and to come up with steps to ensure that similar incidents will be prevented," Detoyato said. (PNA)
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on September 01, 2018, 04:32:40 AM
The tricky thing about accepting this offer is with the "standard" response we've been giving China about why we are keeping the BRP Sierra Madre in place in Ayungin. We always said we couldn't pay for its removal.

If we accept this offer . . . that story has to change . . . and we have to be more overt about our intentions in Ayungin.

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Beijing sends coastguard vessels after Philippine warship runs aground in South China Sea
Navy frigate is stranded on a shoal on the eastern edge of the disputed Spratlys

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 August, 2018, 9:42pm
UPDATED : Friday, 31 August, 2018, 11:28pm
COMMENTS: 18

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2162298/beijing-sends-coastguard-vessels-after-philippine-warship-runs

The BRP Gregorio del Pilar has been stranded on Half Moon Shoal, on the eastern edge of the disputed Spratly Islands, since Wednesday evening.

The reef is claimed by both China and the Philippines, and analysts said the situation may pose a dilemma for Beijing because it could be a reminder of how Manila stepped up its military presence on the Second Thomas Shoal – also in the Spratlys – nearly 20 years ago.

Chinese coastguard vessels are already at the shoal, while a search-and-rescue ship, Nan Hai Jiu 115, is also on standby in nearby waters, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday.

“We are discussing with the Philippine side how we can provide assistance,” Hua said.

The Philippines’ largest naval ship ran aground while on a routine patrol in the region, its Armed Forces said on Thursday.

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China’s Nan Hai Jiu 115, or “South China Sea Rescue”, was dispatched to the Spratlys in July and has since then been permanently stationed at Subi Reef – the second largest of Beijing’s seven man-made outposts and home to a lighthouse and extensive docking facilities. The ship has a displacement of 4,400 tonnes.

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Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Invictus on September 01, 2018, 10:16:40 AM
Team to look into Navy flagship grounding (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046636)
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 1, 2018, 9:17 am

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MANILA -- An investigating and assessment team has been formed to look into the grounding of the Philippine Navy flagship, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15), off Hasa-Hasa Shoal in Palawan province on Wednesday night.

This was confirmed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato in an interview late Friday.

The team, formed by Navy flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, is “expected to be aboard the ship anytime Saturday," Detoyato said in Filipino.

He said the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is recoverable as no hull penetration has been reported.

"There is very minimal damage to the hull," Detoyato said, noting that damage seems to be confined to the starboard (right) propeller of the ship.

The Philippine Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan (MRRV 4407) arrived at the site of the grounding at 11 a.m. Friday and will be joined by the BRP Cabra (MRRV 4409) anytime soon to render assistance in case non-essential personnel need to be moved to lighten the ship.

The BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380) is also on hand to provide help, Detoyato said.

Earlier, he said two tugboats have left Batangas, one on Thursday and the other on Friday, to help in the recovery operations.

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the Philippine Navy from the United States Coast Guard and converted into frigates.

These ships have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet while its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots.

These vessels have a cruising range of 14,000 miles and a sea and loiter time of 45 days. They are armed with a 76-mm. Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25-mm. and 20-mm. light cannons, and .50-caliber machine guns. (PNA)
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on September 01, 2018, 12:40:10 PM
Had that déjà vu feeling.....plan frig dongguan (july 2012).

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NG21Ae01.html

Happened on the same shoal apparently

http://adroth.ph/chinese-ssms-at-our-doorstep/


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Chinese SSMs at our doorstep?
Posted on July 14, 2012 by adroth92   

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that at approximately 7PM, on July 11, 2012, a Chinese Jianghu V class frigate (#560) ran aground at Half Moon Shoal within the Philippine EEZ. Xinhua news confirmed the accident at what they referred to as Banyue Shoal but did not identify the vessel. This ship is no stranger to Philippine waters, as it had reportedly been harassing Philippine fishermen in past months.

The circumstances that led to the grounding remain unclear at this time, although Philippine defense social media is rife with rumors of a deliberate grounding to establish yet another outpost within Philippine waters.
Combat Fleets of the World describes this class’ weapons suite as including six C-802 Ying Ji-2 surface-to-surface missiles (SSM) in rotating turrets. The C-802, referred to in the west as the “Seersucker” is an improved version of the Chinese “Silkworm” SSM, which is itself based on the Soviet Styx missile. As per Air Power Australia, this missile has a range of 110 nautical miles.

The book the Shoals of Palawan describes Half Moon Shoal as follows:

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Half Moon Shoal has a rock named Inclined Rock, situation in latitude 8 deg 51 min N, longitude 116 deg 16 min E, which always shows above water on its southeastern side. The shoal, formed by a belt of coral even the surface, of an average width of 200 yards, is of oblong shape, nearly 3 miles in a northeast and opposite direction, with a breadth of 1 mile. On the eastern side, at 400 and 1,000 yards southward of Inclined Rock, there are two channels into the lagoon, the southern of which has a depth of 4 to 9 fathoms in it and is marked by a cluster of rocks on its north side awash at half tide and which generally show. Other half-tide rocks are interspersed over the belt. The average depth in the lagoon is 14 to 16 fathoms, with numerous patches of coral scattered about it. From the shoals, Balabac Peak (not in sight) bears 141 deg (139 deg mag) distant 71 miles. The tide rises and falls about 4 feet at Half Moon Shoal.

The following map has been drawn up using the data above, with the red circle indicating the reported maximum range of the C-802. From the frigate’s current vantage point, the entire western approach to the Balabac sea lane with within range of the ship’s missiles. It is not clear, however, if the ship is indeed equipped with SSMs.

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Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Invictus on September 01, 2018, 10:15:21 PM
PH won’t accept China aid to retrieve grounded warship (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/169442/ph-will-not-accept-china-aid-retrieve-grounded-warship)

The tricky thing about accepting this offer is with the "standard" response we've been giving China about why we are keeping the BRP Sierra Madre in place in Ayungin. We always said we couldn't pay for its removal.

If we accept this offer . . . that story has to change . . . and we have to be more overt about our intentions in Ayungin.

^ On China's offer to "help":

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NO, we can do it,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told Inquirer.net when asked if the Philippines would accept China’s assistance to extricate the warship.

Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Ayoshi on September 02, 2018, 08:04:49 AM
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Chinese frigate runs aground off Palawan (2012)  (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=877.0)
July 2012

Inquirer.net (https://globalnation.inquirer.net/44203/paf-plane-spots-chinese-frigate-stuck-on-shoal)
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A report made by the pilot of the PAF Islander plane, the distressed ship was being rescued by around five Chinese vessels, according to a source at the AFP Western Command.

A Philippine Navy vessel was closing in on the area and ready to provide assistance but was staying at a safe distance while awaiting orders from the AFP, added the source.

(http://aviationweek.com/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/archive/cmsfiles/media/images/fullsize/Defense/Ships/ChineseFrigateDongguan-PhilippineAirForce.jpg)
Photo taken from aviationweek.com

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From: inquirer.net (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/169436/palace-ph-navy-ship-retrieval-no-problem-china) - September 01, 2018

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Stranded Military officials say efforts to retrieve the Philippine Navy’s BRP Gregorio del Pilar, which ran aground on Hasa-Hasa (Half Moon) Shoal in the disputed West Philippine Sea on Wednesday night, may take at least a week. —Photo Courtesy of Philippine Air Force
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Ayoshi on September 02, 2018, 08:21:02 AM
AFP denies presence of Chinese ships in vicinity of Hasa-Hasa Shoal | CNN Philippines (http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/09/01/afp-gregorio-del-pilar-china-retrieval.html) - September 1, 2018
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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 1) — China is not assisting with the retrieval of a Filipino warship that is currently stranded in disputed waters, a ranking military official said.

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Ongoing retrieval

A joint task force Goyong was created to retrieve the ship, led by Commodore Rommel Galang, who was flown in by helicopter to the shoal. The task force is made up of members from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Air Force and Philippine Navy.

“He will manage, supervise and direct the retrieval operations. He was formerly assigned with the Naval Sea Systems Command,” Detoyato said about Galang.

The coast guard will assess the condition of the ship, and how to best retrieve it from the shallow water.

“So, while waiting for the tugboats and other PCG and Navy platforms to arrive, surface and underwater assessments are being done to come up with the right plan of retrieval,” Detoyato said.
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Invictus on September 02, 2018, 12:48:33 PM
Divers assessing BRP Gregorio Del Pilar for retrieval ops (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046696)
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 2, 2018, 10:09 am

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MANILA -- Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) divers are now assessing the condition of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal) on Wednesday.

This, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato in a message to the Philippine News Agency Saturday.

"May divers ang PCG from MRRV 4407 (BRP Sindangan) na tumutulong sa assessment ng condition ng pagkasadsad para maplano nang mabuti ang approach sa pag-retrieve (There are divers from PCG from MRRV 4407 who are now helping in the assessing the condition of the ship in order to properly plan the retrieval approach). So, while waiting for the tugboats and other PCG and Navy platforms to arrive, surface and underwater assessments are being done to come up with the right plan of retrieval," he added.

Also, an inter-agency task force, named Joint Task Force "Goyong", under the leadership of Commodore Rommel Galang, was activated.

The task force includes the PCG, Navy, and Air Force. Galang is the current commander of Naval Forces West, Detoyato said.

"Commodore Rommel Galang is the on-site commander. He was flown in by the PN's AugustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter. He will manage, supervise and direct the retrieval operations. He was formerly assigned with the Naval Sea Systems Command," he said.

"He was flown in so that the captain of FF-15 (BRP Gregorio Del Pilar) can concentrate on the day-to-day operations of FF-15 and the safety and security of his ship," he added.

Initial reports indicated that the grounded frigate is recoverable, Detoyato said.

BRP Sindangan (MRRV 4407) arrived in the area 11 a.m. Friday and will be joined by the BRP Cabra (MRRV 4409) anytime soon to render any assistance needed that might be needed by the grounded BRP Gregorio Del Pilar especially should there be a need to remove non-essential personnel to lighten the ship.

BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380) is also on hand to provide help, he said.

Detoyato earlier said two tugboats left Batangas, one on Thursday and one on Friday, to help in the recovery operations.

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the PN from the United States Coard Guard and converted into frigates. These ships have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, a length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet while its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots.

They have a cruising range of 14,000 miles and has a sea and loiter time of 45 days and armed with a 76mm Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25mm and 20mm light cannons and .50 caliber machineguns. (PNA)
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Invictus on September 03, 2018, 02:23:45 PM
Major dockyard repair awaits BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046750)
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 3, 2018, 12:58 pm

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MANILA -- A major dockyard repair awaits Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) once she is pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal after grounding that resulted in the detachment of her starboard (right) propeller from the shaft.

This was disclosed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato in an interview with reporters Monday.

The detachment of the starboard propeller was discovered by Coast Guard divers aboard BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407) and Naval Special Operations Group aboard the grounded frigate during initial assessment dives conducted over the weekend.

Detoyato said the detached propeller was recovered by the divers and is repairable.

Also, the assessment dives indicated that the hull of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is intact.

"The hull is intact, there is no leaking," Detoyato added.

Possible methods on how to extract the ship from Hasa-Hasa Shoal will be determined once the two tugs contracted from the Batangas-based Malayan Towage and Salvage Corporation arrived in the area.

M/T Vigilant and M/T Trabajador are expected in the area Monday. They were initially expected Sunday but were slowed down by the need to refuel.

Batangas to Hasa-Hasa Shoal is over 800 kilometers, Detoyato added.

Aside from the Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan and Navy's BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380), the BRP Benguet (LT-507), a landing ship, is now on-scene to help in the possible off-loading of non-essential equipment and personnel to lighten the ship in preparation for extrication.

Tide and wind conditions will be factored in during the retrieval operations.

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the PN from the United States Coast Guard and converted into frigates.

These ships have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, a length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet while its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots.

These vessels have a cruising range of 14,000 miles and have a sea and loiter time of 45 days and armed with a 76mm Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25mm and 20mm light cannons and .50 caliber machine guns. (PNA)
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on September 03, 2018, 04:57:00 PM
No timeline yet on BRP Gregorio Del Pilar removal
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 3, 2018, 2:20 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046745

MANILA -- There is still no timeline to follow regarding the recovery of Philippine Navy (PN) flagship, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15), which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal, Palawan Wednesday.

This was stressed by PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad in an interview with reporters Sunday.

He added that this will be only realized once the total extent of the damage is determined when the two privately-owned tugboats, which are expected to be on the scene by Monday, have arrived and managed to tow the frigate off the shoal.

"But sa ngayon (as for now) the ship is intact, the crew are (safe) and we are on top on the situation sa pagka-retrieve sa kanya (BRP Gregorio del Pilar)," Empedrad added.

Also, the PN chief said China, South Korea, and the US - along with the country's ASEAN neighbors - have all offered help in the ongoing recovery operations but the Philippines opted to go alone with the operations as waiting for them would take time. Initial reports indicated that the grounded frigate is recoverable.

BRP Sindangan (MRRV 4407) has arrived in the area 11 a.m. Friday and will be joined by the BRP Cabra (MRRV 4409) anytime soon to render any assistance needed to pluck out the grounded BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, especially if there is a need to remove non-essential personnel to lighten the ship.

BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380) is also on hand to provide help.

Earlier, military public affairs chief Col. Noel Detoyato said that two tugboats have left Batangas, one Thursday and one Friday, to help in the recovery operations. The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the PN from the United States Coard Guard and converted into frigates.

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Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on September 04, 2018, 02:22:03 AM
Major dockyard repair awaits BRP Gregorio Del Pilar
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 3, 2018, 12:58 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046750

BRP Gregorio del Pilar photo taken by PAF Nomad C-87 on August 30, 2018

MANILA -- A major dockyard repair awaits Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) once she is pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal after the grounding that resulted in the detachment of her starboard (right) propeller from the shaft.

This was disclosed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato in an interview with reporters Monday.

The detachment of the starboard propeller was discovered by Coast Guard divers aboard BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407) and Naval Special Operations Group aboard the grounded frigate during initial assessment dives conducted over the weekend.

Detoyato said the detached propeller was recovered by the divers and is repairable.

Also, the assessment dives indicated that the hull of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is intact.

"The hull is intact, there is no leaking," Detoyato added.

Possible methods on how to extract the ship from Hasa-Hasa Shoal will be determined once the two tugs contracted from the Batangas-based Malayan Towage and Salvage Corporation arrived in the area.

M/T Vigilant and M/T Trabajador are expected in the area Monday. They were initially expected Sunday but were slowed down by the need to refuel.

Batangas to Hasa-Hasa Shoal is over 800 kilometers, Detoyato added.

Aside from the Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan and Navy's BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380), the BRP Benguet (LT-507), a landing ship, is now on-scene to help in the possible off-loading of non-essential equipment and personnel to lighten the ship in preparation for extrication.

Tide and wind conditions will be factored in during the retrieval operations.

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Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on September 04, 2018, 02:28:39 AM
M/T Vigilant and M/T Trabajador are expected in the area Monday. They were initially expected Sunday but were slowed down by the need to refuel.

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:722186/mmsi:548800000/vessel:TRABAJADOR%201

IMO:  7817945
MMSI:  548800000
Call Sign:  DUAA
Flag:  Philippines [PH]
AIS Vessel Type:  Tug

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Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on September 04, 2018, 07:12:47 AM
Tap: “Underway at 4 knots”
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Invictus on September 04, 2018, 08:31:05 AM
Navy frigate pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa Shoal (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046859)
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 4, 2018, 8:08 am

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MANILA -- Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) was successfully towed from Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal late Monday evening, an official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

"FF-15 (was) successfully retrieved at around 2354h (11:54 p.m.) 03 September. Undergoing final inspection before towing to Subic," AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Noel Detoyato told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The frigate, which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal on August 29, will be dry docked for repairs in Subic.

AFP Spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said the retrieval operations for the frigate started 2 p.m. Monday. He also called the retrieval operations a "success".

"BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) that ran aground in the shoal was successfully pulled out shortly before midnight of the same day," Arevalo said in a text message.

"Inspection was ongoing as of this time in preparation for the towing of the vessel to Subic," he added.

Assessment by Coast Guard and Navy divers over the weekend indicated that there were no hull punctures. However, the starboard propeller was detached from the shaft due to the grounding.

This was later recovered and found to be repairable. Tugs M/T Vigilant and M/T Trabajador, both owned by the Malayan Towage and Salvage Corporation, went to the area, along with the Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan and Navy's BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380) and landing ship BRP Benguet (LT-507).

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired from the United States Coard Guard and converted into frigates. (PNA)
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on September 04, 2018, 11:59:49 AM
Navy frigate pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa Shoal
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 4, 2018, 8:08 am

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046859

MANILA -- Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) was successfully towed from Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal late Monday evening, an official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

"FF-15 (was) successfully retrieved at around 2354h (11:54 p.m.) 03 September. Undergoing final inspection before towing to Subic," AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Noel Detoyato told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The frigate, which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal on August 29, will be dry docked for repairs in Subic.

AFP Spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said the retrieval operations for the frigate started 2 p.m. Monday. He also called the retrieval operations a "success".

"BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) that ran aground in the shoal was successfully pulled out shortly before midnight of the same day," Arevalo said in a text message.

"Inspection was ongoing as of this time in preparation for the towing of the vessel to Subic," he added.

Assessment by Coast Guard and Navy divers over the weekend indicated that there were no hull punctures. However, the starboard propeller was detached from the shaft due to the grounding.

This was later recovered and found to be repairable. Tugs M/T Vigilant and M/T Trabajador, both owned by the Malayan Towage and Salvage Corporation, went to the area, along with the Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan and Navy's BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380) and landing ship BRP Benguet (LT-507).

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired from the United States Coard Guard and converted into frigates. (PNA)
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Invictus on September 05, 2018, 09:49:18 PM
BRP Gregorio Del Pilar to be in Subic repair facility within 2-3 days (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1047014)
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 5, 2018, 2:15 pm

MANILA --- Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) is expected to be in Subic Bay, Zambales to repair damages caused by her Aug. 29 grounding in Hasa-Hasa (international Half-Moon) Shoal, Palawan within two to three days.

This was bared by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato in an interview with the Philippine News Agency Tuesday.

Steaming time for Subic Bay is estimated to be "two days and 15 hours," he added.

The ship is now being towed to Subic by the tugboats earlier dispatched to the scene. Initial damage assessment indicated that the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is limited to the ship's starboard (right) propeller which was earlier reported detached due to the grounding but repairable.

Detoyato added that the hull has no punctures and while the rudder is largely intact. BRP Gregorio Del Pilar was towed cleared from Hasa-Hasa Shoal around 11:54 p.m. Monday.

Meanwhile, PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad lauded the officers and crew of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar for "their for their composure in ensuring that no further damage was incurred while the ship was aground and while being retrieved."

"The estimated dockyard time will still have to be determined as soon as BRP Gregorio Del Pilar reaches the repair facility in Subic. Although, both of its propellers were damaged no punctures or holes were noted throughout its underwater hull and freeboard," Navy spokesperson Commodore Jonathan Zata said.

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Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Invictus on September 06, 2018, 11:12:59 AM
Probe on BRP Gregorio Del Pilar grounding to take place in Subic (http://)
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 6, 2018, 10:10 am

MANILA -- A comprehensive investigation will be conducted on the grounding of Navy flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) in Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal, Palawan once the ship arrives at the Subic repair facility.

"'Yung (The) ship is on (its) way to Subic, once it arrives in Subic, a comprehensive investigation will be undertaken," Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad told reporters Wednesday.

BRP Gregorio Del Pilar ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal last August 29.

"I have directed the CO (commanding officer of the ship) to ensure na safe yung barko," he added.

Earlier, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said BRP Gregorio Del Pilar will be in Subic within "two days and 15 hours".

The ship is now being towed to Subic by the tugboats earlier dispatched to the scene. Initial damage assessment indicated that the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is limited to the ship's starboard (right) propeller, which was earlier reported to have been detached due to the grounding, but repairable.

Detoyato added that the hull has no punctures while the rudder is largely intact. BRP Gregorio Del Pilar was towed cleared from Hasa-Hasa Shoal around 11:54 p.m. Monday.

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Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: dr demented on September 07, 2018, 11:29:08 AM
https://thediplomat.com/2018/09/south-china-sea-philippine-navy-flagship-runs-aground-at-half-moon-shoal/

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South China Sea: Philippine Navy Flagship Runs Aground at Half-Moon Shoal

BRP Gregorio del Pilar is being recovered after suffering damage.
By Ankit Panda
September 01, 2018

Earlier this week, the Philippines Armed Forces confirmed that BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15), a Hamilton-class cutter transferred by the United States in 2011 to the Philippine Navy, had run aground in the South China Sea. The vessel hit shallow waters off the partially submerged Half Moon Shoal (also known as Hasa-Hasa Shoal) off Palawan Island. The waters where the vessel ran aground are disputed by other South China Sea claimant states, notably including China.

Col. Noel Detoyato, a spokesperson for the Philippine Armed Forces, confirmed that the vessel had run aground, noting that there were no casualties from the accident. A Philippine military report cited in local news reports noted that the Gregorio del Pilar was “grounded from bow to amidship and propellers were also damaged.”

“The crew inspected all spaces and there were no noted flooding,” it added. “An investigation is expected in such situations to find out the possible causes of the grounding and to come up with steps to ensure that similar incidents will be prevented,” Detoyato added.
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Named for the Filipino revolutionary general, the 3,250 ton BRP Gregorio del Pilar is the flagship of the Philippine Navy. The vessel was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in March 2011 and the Philippine Navy took delivery later that year. The ship was commissioned after a minor period of refurbishment in December 2011.

According to the Philippine Armed Forces, the vessel ran aground during a routine patrol, underlining the navigational challenges that persist in the shallow disputed shoals in the Spratly Islands. Half Moon Shoal was the location where a Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy frigate ran aground in 2012 on a routine patrol.

The incident could present new challenges for the Philippines, which has sought to assert its claims in the Spratly Islands. In 2016, a Hague-based arbitral tribunal presented its award in a case originally filed by Manila in 2013 after China’s seizure of Scarborough Shoal.

The tribunal ruled almost completely in favor of the Philippines’ submissions on maritime entitlements and pushed back on China’s capacious nine-dashed line claim. Despite the award, China has increased its presence in the Spratlys, where it has constructed seven artificial islands.

Moreover, the relationship between Beijing and Manila changed dramatically beginning in late-2016, after President Rodrigo Duterte took office in the Philippines. All of this presents a possible opening for China to come to the assistance of the Philippine vessel—a maneuver that would underline its de facto administrative presence in this part of the South China Sea.

As the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative’s Gregory Poling noted on Twitter, China has done this before: “It closed Jackson Atoll in 2016 to remove a stranded foreign vessel. This would be another matter entirely, but not sure its out of the question.”

The Philippine presidential palace on Friday issued a statement pushing back on the notion that China would assist. Retrieval operations were underway  “with no problems from China,” said Harry Roque, a spokesperson for the Philippine presidential office.

The recovery operation happens to coincide with a separate U.S. Navy-Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force bilateral exercises in the South China Sea. The exercise involves the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group.
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Invictus on September 08, 2018, 10:27:26 AM
Navy, looking into cause of flagship's grounding (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1047346)
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 8, 2018, 9:55 am

MANILA -- With Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) safely docked in Subic Bay, Zambales, the focus is now on determining the actual cause of its Aug. 29 grounding off Hasa-Hasa Shoal in Palawan province.

"The priority of the Navy is to determine the actual cause/s of the incident and ensure that appropriate actions are undertaken in order to avoid similar incidents to occur in the future. Likewise, the ship's expeditious restoration to operational status is the intended outcome of the dry-docking and repair of (the) FF-15," PN spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said Friday.

The Navy has created an investigation committee to look into the grounding of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar and determine the facts behind the incident.

Zata said Commodore Toribio Adaci Jr., Fleet-Marine Ready Force head, will chair the committee, which will consist of key officers of the Navy and will be backed by technical staff and experts to enable a more thorough and in-depth inquiry.

The results of the investigation will be submitted to PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad as soon as it is completed, without prejudice to thoroughness and due diligence.

"Concurrently, FF-15 will be inspected to determine the extent of repairs to be conducted. FF-15 was last dry-docked in 2015 and is scheduled to undergo repair and maintenance in 2018. The incident has somewhat advanced its schedule of repair and maintenance. The extent and cost of repairs will be determined as soon as inspection has been completed," Zata added.

BRP Gregorio Del Pilar was towed clear of Hasa-Hasa Shoal at about 11:54 p.m. on Monday and arrived in Subic Bay at about 11:50 a.m. Friday.

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Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on September 08, 2018, 03:50:36 PM
https://twitter.com/FMangosingINQ/status/1038329470724190208

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Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: adroth on September 09, 2018, 12:50:30 AM
Ideally . . . this shouldn’t be a witch hunt


Officers, crew of BRP Gregorio del Pilar to be subjected to stress debriefing
Published September 8, 2018, 5:57 PM
By Aaron Recuenco

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/09/08/officers-crew-of-brp-gregorio-del-pilar-to-be-subjected-to-stress-debriefing/
Title: Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
Post by: Invictus on September 11, 2018, 02:19:38 PM
BRP Gregorio del Pilar being inspected for grounding damage (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1047578)
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 11, 2018, 1:49 pm

MANILA -- Extensive examination is still being conducted on the Philippine Navy (PN) flagship, BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15), that ran aground off Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal in Palawan province last August 29.

"FF-15 is still undergoing extensive inspection prior (to) its dry-docking to determine the extent of repairs to be done," Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said when asked about the status of the frigate Tuesday.

He added that the US will help the PN in repairing the damaged ship.

"The logistics support agreement provides us the means to source critical and highly specialized spare parts needed by our ships together with the technical expertise required," Zata said.

The BRP Gregorio del Pilar was towed clear of Hasa-Hasa Shoal midnight of Sept. 3 and arrived in Subic Bay for inspection and repair on September 7. Initial reports said the grounding caused the ship's right propeller to detach but no major damage on the hull was reported.

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on November 05, 2018, 06:32:24 AM
The things that need fixing

What these propellers look like. As per Jane's Fighting Ships:

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. . . variable pitch propellers fitted. Engine and propeller pitch consoles are located in wheel-house and at bridge wing stations as well as engine room control booth

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SN Ford with USCGC Boutwell (WHEC 719) on drydock 1976

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Photo c/o Zane Johnston

http://picssr.com/photos/zanejohnston/interesting/page101?nsid=52550906@N05

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From Zane Johnston's flicker photostream :

USCGC Dallas drydocked at Detyens Shipyard in Charleston, SC (photo taken last Feb 16, 2011).
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https://picryl.com/media/the-coast-guard-high-endurance-cutter-uscgc-chase-whec-718-sits-in-the-floating-6aa2d2

The Coast Guard high-endurance cutter USCGC CHASE (WHEC 718) sits in the floating dry dock Titan at the Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp. for repairs to its hull.

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on November 05, 2018, 04:04:49 PM
Navy flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar to get major upgrades
By Priam Nepomuceno  November 5, 2018, 12:10 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1052884?fbclid=IwAR3lYagmWOVl6-Cqi0g3UeOuzrGmy7d3CNBXY6s8jGVcI2xzWWe43O2MVRw

MANILA -- Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) will undergo various communications, weapons, and fire-control upgrades while undergoing repair for the damages sustained during her grounding at Hasa-Hasa (Half-Moon) Shoal last August 29.

This was confirmed by Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata when sought for an update on the ship on Monday.

"Del Pilar is still undergoing bottom hull repairs and will be undocked as soon as repairs have been completed. Propellers and related underwater appendages will be shipped to the US for repairs. While awaiting the completion of those repairs, she will undergo communications and weapon and fire control upgrades in order to optimize her down-time period," he added.

Zata said the frigate will be back in operation once these parts, coming from outside the country, have arrived.

The ship was pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa Shoal last Sept. 3 and towed to Subic Bay, Zambales, arriving there on September 7.

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the PN from the United States Coast Guard and converted into frigates.

These ships have a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, a length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet while its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots.

These vessels have a cruising range of 14,000 miles and have a sea and loiter time of 45 days and armed with a 76mm Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25mm and 20mm light cannons and .50-caliber machineguns. (PNA)
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on January 10, 2019, 03:29:05 PM
BRP Gregorio del Pilar to be 'available' by yearend
By Priam Nepomuceno  January 9, 2019, 11:02 am

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1058346

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15), which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal last August, is expected to be available for operations before the end of 2019.

This was confirmed by Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, PN flag-officer-in-command, during a chance interview shortly after the New Year's Call in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City Tuesday.

This is due to the damage sustained by the ship's two propellers from the grounding which required total replacement.

"Kailangan kasi makuha pa 'yung propellers (sa US) kasi sira 'yung propellers. So magiging available pa siya mga end of the year pa. Kung mapabilis ung pag-deliver ng propellers, then maaayos namin kaagad. But ang magko-control ng work na yan is 'yung (availability) ng propellers. (We need to get the propellers from the US because these were the ones that were damaged. It will be available by yearend. If the delivery of the propellers is hastened, we will be able to fix these immediately. The determining factor of the replacement work is the availability of the propellers)," he added.

For the moment, the patrol and other duties of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar are being carried by her two sister ships, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) and BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17).

"Okay lang naman 'yung dalawa, gumagana naman yung dalawa (These two ships are fine. They are functional). And then this March, makukuha na natin 'yung (we will get the) (Pohang-class) corvette (donated) by South Korea so baka ma-deliver na yun (it might be delivered). Papunta na kasi 'yung personnel natin for (Our personnel will be going there for) training by January, so kung March or April matatapos ('yung training) meron na tayong gagamitin (If the training ends by March or April, we will have something to use)," Empedrad stressed.

Also, the South Korean ship will be coming to the PN with intact guns and sonar detection systems, which are needed badly by the Navy, are included in the transfer, he added.

The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal in Aug. 29 of last year. The ship was pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa Shoal last Sept. 3 and towed to Subic Bay, Zambales on Sept. 7.

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: LionFlyer on March 26, 2019, 07:21:06 AM
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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on June 17, 2019, 02:01:07 AM
https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/2239174256168409/

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on August 25, 2019, 10:52:18 AM
Old news

GTS wins $1.1 million contract to develop and deploy Coast Watch System
September 28, 2012

http://gts.us.com/index.php?cid=780

Global Technical Systems (GTS), headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, has been awarded a $1.1M delivery order by the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) International Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) Integration Program Office, in support of Maritime Surveillance Systems (MSS) for international programs.

SPAWAR, has awarded a contract to GTS, to develop and deploy a Coast Watch System, Shipboard Command and Control Suite (CWS-SCCS) on the Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), formerly United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Hamilton (WHEC-715). The GTS system will interoperate with the previously procured, land-based CWS system deployed along the South coast of the Sulu Archipelago to meet Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) needs of the Republic of Philippines (ROP). The system will provide the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with increased situational awareness through sensor fusion, target detection and classification, and communication capabilities.

Under this delivery order, GTS will perform systems engineering, design, development, integration, installation, and testing of the CWS-SCCS, including: radar systems, an AIS system, track management functions, communications integration, remote components, and a Local Area Network (LAN).

GTS is a Small Business Administration (SBA) certified 8(a), Minority Woman-Owned, Small Disadvantaged Business. Our mission is to provide innovative, cost-effective, high-tech engineering products and product-based services encompassing latest generation software and hardware solutions and engineering services for defense, homeland security and other critical government interests. Our expertise in advanced technologies generates products and services across a spectrum that includes: mission-critical combat systems processing, C4ISR, biometrics, cyber security, military combat systems hardware production, advanced radar and sensor systems, and depot repair and logistics. GTS has offices in: Virginia Beach, VA; St Petersburg, FL; and Oxford, MS.

For more information, please contact Dan Bahen at dan.bahen@gts.us.com or 757-468-8751 x5130
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: Ayoshi on August 31, 2019, 02:44:26 AM
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1078880

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BRP Gregorio del Pilar repairs done by 2020: Navy
August 28, 2019, 3:05 pm

Repair of the ship's propeller and hub, which was damaged during its grounding off Hasa-Hasa Shoal while patrolling the area on August 29 last year, is still not completed, Empedrad said.

"The problem with the (Gregorio) del Pilar is that its propeller and another important part, which (were) damaged in the grounding, will only be available by (either the) first or second quarter of next year and the (ship) might be repaired by the second semester of next year," he said in a mix of Filipino and English in a press briefing.

He added that they are trying to expedite its repair because without it, the Navy only has two large ships capable of long-distance patrol -- the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) and BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17).

The Gregorio del Pilar was towed from the Hasa-Hasa Shoal on Sept. 3, 2018 and arrived at Subic Bay, Zambales four days later.
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: girder on September 04, 2021, 01:45:25 AM
BRP Gregorio Del Pilar repairs completed this Sept: PH Navy (https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1152203)
By Priam Nepomuceno September 1, 2021, 9:48 am

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MANILA – Repairs on the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, which was damaged after a grounding incident in 2018, are expected to be completed this month, a Philippine Navy (PN) official said Tuesday night.

"The drydocking and other related repairs of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) are expected to be completed later in the month of September," PN spokesperson, Commander Benjo Negranza, said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) when asked for updates on the ship.

One of the ship's two variable pitch propellers was damaged, along with its propeller hub, after its grounding off Hasa-Hasa Shoal in August 2018.

"It will be undocked upon completion of the installation of underwater machinery, which is now ongoing. All other outstanding repairs will be done when PS-15 is back on the water," Negranza added.

The PN earlier said difficulties in procuring parts and the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic have moved the completion of the repairs of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar to the later part of 2021.

As this developed, the BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17), the sister ship of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16), is now mission-ready after its maintenance and repair period.

"After more than a year of taking a break from operational demands in order to pay attention to its maintenance and repair requirements, BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17) is finally back and out at sea again," a post on the ship's Facebook page said Tuesday night.

In the same post, it was learned the BRP Andres Bonifacio completed its drydocking and other related repairs (DDORR) in Subic, Zambales on July 31 and the maintenance availability program from August 1 to 16.

"Relatedly, PS-17 successfully conducted its sea trial and 30-hour endurance run activities, which paved the way to upgrade its operational status to 'mission-ready' on 25 August 2021. The deliberate implementation of PS17's DDORR program is vital to ensure the highest level of equipment reliability in order to sustain maximum operational readiness, safety, and ship survivability," it added.

The BRP Andres Bonifacio received minor capability upgrades, such as the replenishment-at-sea capability, and the installation of a Mark 38 25-mm. gun system, new gun mounts, and additional tertiary guns.

These upgrades are in line with the Philippine Fleet's to improve the ship's readiness and capabilities.

"In no time, the ship will be once again patrolling our territorial waters, EEZ (exclusive economic zone), and other maritime areas of interest in support to the missions and objectives of the Offshore Combat Force, Philippine Fleet, Naval Operating Forces, and the PN in general," it added.

The BRP Andres Bonifacio arrived in the Philippines on Dec. 9, 2016. (PNA)
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on October 19, 2021, 09:39:02 PM
BRP Gregorio Del Pilar sea trials slated November
By Priam Nepomuceno  October 14, 2021, 9:39 am

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1156596

MANILA – The dock and sea trials for offshore patrol vessel BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal in August 2018, have been scheduled for November.

Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson, Commander Benjo Negranza, made this statement when asked for updates regarding the repairs of the ship.

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The PN said difficulties in procuring parts and the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic have moved the completion of the repairs of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar to the latter part of 2021. (PNA)
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on December 22, 2021, 07:46:53 AM
Photo posted on the BRP Gregorio del Pilar FB page. The hull number isn't visible. But with BRP Andres Bonifacio deployed, and the radar originally slated for deployment on FF-15 and FF-16, the ship with the radar is arguably the BRP Ramon Alcaraz.

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Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on March 23, 2022, 07:27:29 AM
BRP Gregorio Del Pilar nears operational status: PH Navy
By Priam Nepomuceno
 March 22, 2022, 11:43 am

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1170311

MANILA – The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15), one of the largest vessels of the Philippine Navy (PN), has successfully completed two sea trials and is now nearing operational status, more than three years after a grounding incident in 2018.

"PN patrol ship under the Offshore Combat Force, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, has successfully completed two sea trials that included the testing of the ship's main and auxiliary engines, propellers, and other related systems. The sea trials conducted are aimed at assessing the vessel's seaworthiness," Navy spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza said in a message to reporters Tuesday.

These sea trials took place earlier this month in Subic Bay, Zambales.

"Currently, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is not yet fully operational pending its endurance test. This is being conducted to test the overall performance of a vessel at maximum continuous rating at a given period usually from six to 24 hours to ensure the reliability of the ship's main propulsion and auxiliary engines," Negranza said.

He also added that the ship is also scheduled to have its Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE).

In the ORE, Negranza said the ship's degree of readiness and its crew on various conditions such as standard drills and exercises required for a wide range of missions, is evaluated.

This is done prior to deployment to naval operating forces, he added.

"The area of deployment of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar will be determined by the higher headquarters based on several factors," Negranza said.

One of the ship's two variable pitch propellers was damaged, along with its propeller hub, after it ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal in August 2018.

Difficulties in procuring parts and the pandemic moved the completion of the repairs of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar to the latter part of 2021.

Earlier, the PN said no fire broke out aboard the offshore patrol vessel BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, amid reports of an unusual amount of smoke coming from the vessel during a recent sea trial.

"(The) BRP Gregorio Del Pilar conducted (a) sea trial in the waters at the vicinity of Subic in the morning of March 14, 2022. While the more-than-usual smoke was noted during the sea trial, there is no incident of fire aboard (the) ship as alleged. The ship's force, together with our engineers and contracted repair specialists, are looking at the possible cause of the unusual volume of smoke," Negranza said. (PNA)
Title: Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
Post by: adroth on May 03, 2022, 05:14:23 AM
Sailor Basic Course class conducts shipboard familiarization

https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineNavy/posts/362135302624357

Members of Sailor Basic Course Class 8 and 10 conducted shipboard familiarization aboard BRP Gregorio Del Pilar - PS15 and BRP Antonio Luna FF151 - PF from April 9 to 11 2022.

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