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Videos & Images / 2018 Navy Calendar
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:43:11 PM »
2018 Navy Calendar... thanks to the donor...



General Discussion / NAVY FUN RUN 2018
« on: May 09, 2018, 04:40:54 PM »

"We are inviting everyone to register and join the Phil Navy 120th Anniversary Celebration Fun Run event on May 19, 2018 along Roxas Avenue, Manila at 5: 30 a.m.

The Run categories are 3k (P350- singlet and mug), 5k (P500- singlet, finisher shirt and mug), and 10k (P750- singlet, finisher shirt, medal and mug).

Please call or contact us at 09158703128 for more details.

General Discussion / white boats
« on: May 03, 2018, 07:09:14 PM »
saw them in subic.. according to our guide, this boat is still active but he is not sure if PCG or PN

<edit> seems i cannot post my photo from google... here's the link

General Discussion / Naming Game
« on: May 02, 2018, 04:08:17 PM »
Administrator's note: A companion thread on the forum's FB extension is available here:


with 3 ships coming in... isn't it high time to have our Naming Game - one of Timawan's favorite game:

>> Frigate 01
>> Frigate 02
>> Ex-Pohang

*per PN regulation FF/PS are to be named after National Heroes

General Discussion / Lt Gen Galvez - New Chief of Staff
« on: April 06, 2018, 06:37:46 AM »
It was announced earlier that Lt Gen Galvez is the new chief of staff... Dir Oscar Albayalde was also named new PNP chief

Self-Reliant Defense Posture / PICMW: M/V BANDANAIRA DOS
« on: July 17, 2017, 03:45:37 PM »
PICMW latest project

said its a roro vessel and it got a helideck!  :o
its owned by a certain PULAU BANDA CORP but i cant find in google this company.
the PULAU that i get is a defense contractor or a place in indonesia


final stage


General Discussion / Marawi Crisis - Civilians Support
« on: July 15, 2017, 11:28:46 AM »
one of the most notable activity in the ground that is unnoticed by the main media is the support soldiers getting from the civilians.
here a sample shared by a friend in FB

groups involve here includes but not limited to REACT, BCBP, Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, ordinary civilians who call themselves Filipino Patriots, etc.

China / Spotted PLAN - Spy Ship in Davao "Yuan Wang 6"
« on: July 07, 2017, 11:32:33 AM »
From Combat Fleets of the World, 15th Edition

Yuanwang means "Look Long". First two, initially observed during 5-80 Chinese ICBM tests in the central Pacific, were refitted in 1986-87 and again in 1991-92. Have been subordinated to China's satellite launch and tracking control department and are officially known as "Space Event Ships".


pix taken by a friend earlier today

Military Vehicles / Mobile Fuel Tanker
« on: July 07, 2017, 10:21:50 AM »
saw them while touring BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602)... they were marked "MARINES" and "ARMY"
a big improvement in storing & transporting fuel

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / BRP Kalinga (AG-89)
« on: June 29, 2017, 02:22:03 PM »
retrieving my old photo of BRP Kalinga as we re-build our ships' directory

The industrial holding firm of conglomerate Ayala Corp. has hatched a deal to take over MT Misslbeck Technologies GmbH (MT), a German supplier of models, tools and plastic parts to the automotive manufacturing industry.

AC Industrial Technology Holdings Inc. (AC Industrials), through AC Industrials (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., signed the acquisition of 94.9 percent of MT in a deal valued at €26.8 million based on total enterprise value. The closing of the transaction is subject to completion conditions and regulatory approval.

“This investment forms part of AC Industrials’ strategy to increase its competence and capabilities in the automotive value chain and will complement AC Industrials’ existing businesses in manufacturing services and vehicle distribution and dealerships,” Ayala said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Monday.

MT supplies automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and automobile tier 1 suppliers. The company, which traces its roots to a workshop established in 1869, has production plants in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Read more:

Año takes over DILG next month
 (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 17, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Armed Forces chief of staff Eduardo Año is set to assume as secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) next month.

Año told The STAR yesterday he would leave the military earlier than his mandatory retirement in October because of his appointment.

President Duterte announced the appointment of Año as DILG chief on May 10 before leaving for Cambodia to attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN.

Año replaces Ismael Sueno, who was fired last month on allegations of corruption.

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Military Vehicles / Mitsubishi Canter in Military Service
« on: May 15, 2017, 04:33:52 PM »
mitsubishi canter in military service

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / BRP Jose Andrada (PC-370)
« on: May 11, 2017, 07:30:10 PM »
From Combat Fleets of the World, 15th Edition

First four were ordered in 9-89 for $9.4M; the fifth was ordered in 4-90 and three more in 8-90. In 3-93 Halter received a $36.2M contract to build four more in the U.S., provide four kits to a yard in the Philippines, and assist in the construction three more in a Philippine yard; in 6-94 another 12 more ordered for $27.5M, with seven to be built by AG&P Shipyard in the Philippines. DF-379 and 380 were launched 29-4-95 by AG&P. The original goal was 35 total, but that curtailed for lack of funds. Were originally intended to operate in flotillas of seven, each attached to a larger patrol boat acting as leader.


About Jose V Andrada

Q-Boats: Heroes of the Off-Shore Patrol
Alcaraz, Ramon, Sea Classics

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The Philippine Army with the Constabulary as a nucleus was formed, with different branches of services like infantry, artillery, etc., of the US Army, a sea-going branch called Off-Shore Patrol (OSP) and an Air Corps as branches of service.

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The OSP was a part of National Defense Act approved on 21 December 1935 and, on 11 January 1936, the guidelines were denned by Executive Order No. 11 as follows:

"The Off-Shore Patrol shall comprise all marine equipment and personnel acquired by the Philippine Government and assigned either in peace or war to the control of the Chief of Staff (PA). It shall have such duties and powers as may be described by the Chief of Staff, PA."

On 15 April 1938, when construction of two MTBs for the OSP was started by Thornycroft, Maj. Rafael Ramos, a Philippine Nautical School (PNS) graduate known to Quezon, was appointed as first OSP Chief to start recruiting OSP personnel. Brigadier General Vicente Lim, G-1, HPA furnished him a list of Annapolis and PNS PA officers to select from but he was unable to do anything because Rep. Manuel Roxas recommended to Pres. Quezon that his province mate, Capt. Jose V. Andrada, USNA 1930, was better qualified. And so Capt. Andrada relieved Maj. Ramos as OSP Chief who was sent to the US QM School to study.

Captain Andrada announced his volunteer recruiting program and began interviewing interested individuals personally. By the end of 1938, Lt. Alfredo Peckson, USNA 1933, Lt. Marcelo Castillo, USNA 1938, PCA graduates Lieutenants Nestor Reinoso 1934, Alberto Navarette 1935, Simeon Castro 1935, Juan Maglayan 1937, Alfonso Palencia 1938, Santiago Nuval 1938, Emilio Liwanag 1938 and nine officers and 25 enlisted men had joined the OSP. Training on seamanship, navigation and gunnery were conducted with the USNA graduates as instructors at OSP Hq., Muelle del Codo, Port Area, Manila. The first class graduated on 9 February 1939, and Capt. Andrada marked it as the birthday of the OSP and since then, as far as I know, our anniversary is celebrated every 9 February, until somebody during the Martial Law years of Marcos tampered with the event.

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BRP Jose Andrada (PG-370) with BRP Felix Apolinario (PG-395) at the port of Surigao

BRP Felix Apolinario (PG-395) & BRP BRP Jose Andrada (PG-370) in Surigao

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