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Philippines to get second Hamilton ship by May


BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—If things go according to plan, the Philippine Navy would be getting its second Hamilton ship by May of this year, Vice Admiral Alexander Pama said Saturday.

Speaking to reporters in a chance interview after the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Homecoming, Pama said that he has received the formal letter of offer on the Hamilton Class Cutter US Coast Guard Dallas.

“Kung masusunod yung schedule, bago matapos and taon, dalawa na yung Secretary Class natin. Maaring May (If the schedule will be followed, before the end of the year we will have two Secretary Class vessels),” Pama told reporters.

In May 2011, the Philippine Navy Acquired a Hamilton Class Cutter, which the Philippine Navy christened as BRP-Gregorio del Pilar, from the United States as excess defense article under the Foreign Assistance Act.

Like the BRP-Gregorio del Pilar, the Dallas will likely be stripped off most of its equipment and armaments. Pama said they requested that some of the equipment be retained on the ship.

“Naiintindihan naman natin na ibang kaggamitan doon ay di basta-basta pwedeng ipamigay… Kasama sa pag-uusapan kung ano iyong pwedeng i-retain (We understand that some of the equipment they can’t give away easily… This is still included in the negotiations, which equipment can be retained),” Pama said adding that both parties are still in the initial stages of the negotiation

When asked where the Dallas will be deployed, Pama said: “We will cross the bridge when we get there.”

He said that they are currently arranging for the transfer of the vessel and training personnel. However, he admitted that normally, vessels are deployed in tandem. BRP-Gregorio del Pilar, which was commissioned last December 2011, was deployed to the Malampaya natural gas field in the West Philippine Sea.

The United States Congress formally approved the transfer of the Dallas Cutter to the Philippines on February 10.

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  • PHtaxpayer

    What good is a naval warship without its communications, navigation, radar and weapons systems?  It’s basically an gigantic luxury yacht our Admirals use to cruise to Palawan resorts and scare away Chinese fishermen.  I don’t know why we don’t commission Korea or Japan to build us a proper warship when they have invested billions in our country.  The Hanjin shipyard in Subic is perfect for building us a few frigates and destroyers.

    • binatangtagabukid

      a target practice for the chinesse 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MLQFFI2TRVXUQDNOGBI6OBLD2I A.J.

      It is basically free. The Philippine Navy can upgrade it by installing radar, nav and weapon systems. These things cost at half a billion if its new and up to the current standard. The Philippines shelled out like less than 20 mil dollars on the last Hamilton, thats like free in todays military standard.

      • PHtaxpayer

        Nothing is for free.  The cost is our sovereignty.  For many people, they don’t even know what that means or don’t give any value to it because they have no pride in their own country or themselves.

  • alecva

    It’s Hamilton-class vessels not Secretary-class. Local editors and reporters need to brush up on their military and naval terminologies before publishing these types of reports. Unfortunately, most local journalist don’t have the faintest idea of what they are writing about when it comes to military hardware. 

    • delpillar

      Hamilton Class is also called SECRETARY CLASS because they are named after the “Secretaries Of Treasury”

      Alexander HAMILTON ( (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804)), where the name of the first lead-ship of this class, was the 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury (in office from (September 11, 1789 – January 31, 1795)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MLQFFI2TRVXUQDNOGBI6OBLD2I A.J.

        Tumpak! Lol!

  • Pinoy_Reich

    Putek, segunda mano na naman. Pero bakit yun mga service ng mga senador at congressman brand new lagi?

  • mangtom

    When you give PHtaxpayer a hand for free, he wants your whole are, possibly leg, too. If those tongressmen and sh-tnators would shell out even, maybe 10% of their pork barrel, instead of keeping it all and filling out their pockets, this vessel could be equipped with decent armament. But no, they would be crazy to do that.

    It’s more fun and FUNNY  in the Philippines.

    • PHtaxpayer

      You should change your name to Uncle Tom.  Mas bagay to your comment.

  • mangtom

    PHtaxpayer said:  You should change your name to Uncle Tom.  Mas bagay to your comment.

    That has nice ring to it. I actually like it. If you are one of the Mitsubweesitshops, you can baptize me right here online.

    By now, you may have sensed that I am pro-US and at the same time pro-Philippines, and anti-hypocritical nationalists.

    My reason: Between the two countries, US is the lesser evil than China.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3Q3R7YECYPU5JOXDMKEZKU6EBE Marcelo

      Actually mangtom, PHtaxpayer is correct. Korea became what it is today thru its nationalistic fervor (you can blame the north koreans for that). Filipinos should develop a sense of pride, tama na yung pakapalan ng mukha attitude.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    The Philippine can enter into a “lease to own” or loan agreement to acquire a military hardaware with it`s all it`s intended softwares and hardwares intact, there are a number of ways and means…. there are defense export loan guarantee, Excess Defense Articles, foreign assistance act, Foreign Military financing or foreign military Sales etc.

    Foreign governments may purchase new and used weapons and related services
    directly from the US government. These agreements, negotiated by the Pentagon
    and known as foreign military sales (FMS), are package deals. As of October 1997 the Pentagon had sold 1,720 F-16 Falcon fighter jets to air forces around the world through the foreign military sales (FMS) program.
    we can easily get a squadron of F-16 through one of those ways and means loan in combination with their military assistance funding to cover most or part of the loan. We should continue to lobby in the US to provide us the necessary program to use, to get our lease to own new equipments, rather than used. I think the way our Philippine mission lobbied for Miriam to get the UN International court seat, should also be done with earnest to lobby for these defense articles along with the DFA and military attache of the Philippine government.

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