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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #60 on: September 06, 2018, 11:12:59 AM »
Probe on BRP Gregorio Del Pilar grounding to take place in Subic
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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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #61 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.

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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #62 on: September 08, 2018, 10:27:26 AM »
Navy, looking into cause of flagship's grounding
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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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #64 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/

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Re: GDP on the rocks off of Palawan, Hasa Hasa shoal
« Reply #65 on: September 11, 2018, 02:19:38 PM »
BRP Gregorio del Pilar being inspected for grounding damage
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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Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
« Reply #66 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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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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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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Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
« Reply #67 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)

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Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
« Reply #68 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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Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
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Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
« Reply #71 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

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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.

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Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
« Reply #72 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.

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Re: BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) - ex-USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
« Reply #73 on: September 04, 2021, 01:45:25 AM »
BRP Gregorio Del Pilar repairs completed this Sept: PH Navy
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)