Third Hamilton-class ship to be transferred to PH Navy

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    US ship to be turned over to PH Navy
    By: Frances Mangosing

    @FMangosingINQ

    INQUIRER.net

    03:45 PM July 21st, 2016


    The United States Coast Guard will formally turn over its decommissioned cutter, the USCG Boutwell, to the Philippine Navy on Friday (Philippine time).

    The transfer ceremony will be held at the Coast Guard Base in Alameda, the USCG said in an advisory.

    “The decommissioned cutter was declared an excess government asset and is being transferred to the Philippines through the Excess Defense Articles program,” it said.


    The ship will also be christened and commissioned to active service of the Philippine Navy as Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Andres Bonifacio (FF-17).

    The Philippine Navy said naming the vessel after Bonifacio was a fitting tribute to the Filipino revolutionary leader and the president in the Tagalog Republic.

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    Frigate sized ships with excellent range and endurance. A quality pickup no matter their age.

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    Are they transferred as is? Or stripped of their guns and sensors? And if they are stripped, have they been rearmed or upgraded?
     
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    One guy wrote in a blog post that these Hamiltons are relatively limited when it comes to being able to hold a serious amount of weaponry as most of the ships storage is meant for holding supplies like food and water thus giving these ships very long endurance. Thats something the Philippines needs if they are going to have a limited number of ships and if they need to travel from one island to another in response to Chinese incursions. The Philippines will be acquiring some Frigates in the future anyways.

    https://rhk111smilitaryandarmspage....e-philippine-navys-hamilton-cutter-purchases/

    Whats funny here is that the Chinese are actually covering frigates into coast guard vessels.

    http://www.janes.com/article/53248/china-converting-old-frigates-into-coastguard-cutters
     
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    Only the 76mm gun will likely be on the ship when transferred to PH Navy.

    Like the two former Hamiltons that are now in PH Navy, the other weapons are procured (the Mk.38 chain guns) and later will be installed, while other weapons (M2 50 caliber guns and Mk. 16 Oerlikon 20mm guns) are mostly from the Philippines and will be installed.
     
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