Aquino to welcome new Philippine Navy ship


MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III will welcome the newly acquired Philippine Navy vessel, BRP Gregorio del Pilar, in Manila South Harbor, Tuesday.

Photo by Katherine Evangelista/

The 378-foot vessel arrived in the Philippines August 21 after several weeks of voyage from Hawaii.

Aquino arrived at the the Manila South Harbor Pier 13 at before 9 a.m.

Aside from Aquino, also welcoming the vessel are Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Navy Flag Officer- in-Command Vice Admiral Alexander Pama, and Philippine Navy Fleet 15 Commanding Officer Captain Alberto Cruz.

BRP Gregorio del Pilar, a Hamilton class US Coast Guard-Weather High Endurance Cutter, was purchased through the US Excess Defense Act using funds from the Department of Energy’s Malampaya project.

The ship, which can carry up to 180 crew members and was first launched in December 1965, is classified by the Philippine Navy as a surface combatant ship. It is equipped with a helicopter flight deck, a retractable hangar and other facilities to support helicopter operations.

The Philippine Navy has trained 13 officers and 82 enlisted personnel to man the ship.

The BRP Gregorio del Pilar was formerly used by the US Coast Guard for drug and illigal migrant interdiction, law enforcement, search and rescue operations, maritime resources protection and defense readiness.

The Philippine Navy, meanwhile, will use the multi-mission vessel for maritime security patrols and search and rescue missions.

Specifically, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar will be deployed to air maritime security of the Malampaya project.

BRP Gregorio del Pilar was turned over to the Philippine Navy last May 13 in ceremonies held at Coast Guard Island Alameda, California.

Also present during the ceremonial welcoming are US Ambassador Harry Thomas and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.

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  • Anonymous

    December 1965!!!  yan ang modern sa inyo! at what cost?? 600 million?? took several weeks for a vessel that can go 29 kn (54 km/h)!  what a bald headed fool!. we are better off building our own mini super craft for our islands defense! mabilis pa ang kumpit dito.. ( Kumpit- fast craft used by Smugglers)

    • Burn Gutierrez

       yun pong mismong cutter ay na-launch oong 1960s. pero yung pinaka-platform po at hull nito ay open for modernization gaya ng mga bagong turbines at lahat ng mga bagong armaments. kung susumahin, win-win deal po ang Pilipinas dito. kailangan lang po natin alamin lahat ng tungkol dito. kung bago po ang binili natin, or kung magproduce po tayo sa ngayon, hindi na po mahahantay yung requirement na bantayan ang West Philippine Sea (at hindi po para makipaggera). malaki din po ang maintenance costs kung bago ang bibilhin. hindi po natin yun kakayanin sa ngayon from a long-term and practical point of view. pero marami na din pong locally-made ships at multi-purpose attack crafts ang nagawa po para sa Navy locally..tungkol naman sa tagal ng biyahe ng Gregorio, marami pong on-board at inter-vessel training sessions na nangyari sa Hawaii at Guam bago po dumerecho ng Pilipinas.

    • Benigno Arroyo

      just try to appreciate..mabuti na yan kasya wala..atleast may nakikita tayong binibili ng gobyerno sa tax na nakukuha nila sa atin..suportahan na lng natin pre..wag na dami reklamo..

      • Anonymous

        we pay (taxes)for this crap? bakit di ako mag reklamo? 600 million..

    • anonym ous

      Reality check for you: a brand new ship costs BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, and large ships cannot travel very fast.

      • Anonymous

        LOL.reality check my foot. this isn’t a large ship. this is a destroyer type class which was converted to a coast guard duty. these type of ships are ten times fast than a container vessel that runs 16 to 18 knots. Billions you say? well they corrupted billions ! Pinoys are not stupid.. we’re are country with thousands of professional seafarers some work at the shipyard building a new model for commercial or military and that’s a reality for you!

      • Anonymous

        LOL.reality check my foot. this isn’t a large ship. this is a destroyer type class which was converted to a coast guard duty. these type of ships are ten times fast than a container vessel that runs 16 to 18 knots. Billions you say? well they corrupted billions ! Pinoys are not stupid.. we’re are country with thousands of professional seafarers some work at the shipyard building a new model for commercial or military and that’s a reality for you!

    • Jason Gerona

      hehehe, new daw eh… newly aquired pala, hindi new ship.

      At mr. gutierez, hindi kami bobo, para sabihin mo na mas malaki maintenance nang bago kaysa luma. Siguro konompara mo ang bagong china made na motorsiklo at lumang honda. kaya mas mahal maintenance mo… eh, ano ba naman mapapala mo sa china motorcycle? puro sakit nang ulo diba?

  • Anonymous

    If we are really an ally of the US, the US must lend us one aircraft carrier  to guard our teritory particularly the Spratlys to counter China’s defense.

    • Burn Gutierrez

      malimit naman pong nasa Pilipinas (or within the vicinity) ang mga aircraft carriers ng US. mahaba at magastos na training ang kakailanganin bago ma-master ng ating Navy ang pagpapatakbo ng isang carrier. kung sakali man na maisipan ng US na magpahiram ng carrier.

    • Billy Mosende

      Sa babaw ng tubig sa Spratlys (kahit malayo ka pa lang), malamang di makakapaglayag ang aircraft carrier dun!  anong tingin mo? 

  • Filipino Mabuhay Ka

    Beggars i guess cannot be choosers, our dear friends from the US, is this what your allies in the east are worth to you, 1965….., why not, fiberglass fast crafts…. we can build that here, easy to dart in and out of the small islands… 

    • Burn Gutierrez

      para po sa West Philippine Sea ang purpose ng Weather High Endurance cutter na Gregorio at dalawa pang parating late this year (or early 2012). 14,000 miles uninterrupted patrolling ang capability ng Hamilton class cutter na yan na hindi kaya ng brand new cutters. Hindi po kakayanin ng mga fast crafts na magpatrol sa buong Malampaya at West Philippine Sea. pagsisisihan po natin pag naubusan ng fuel ang mga suggestions nyo sa lawak po ng area na yun. tanging Hamilton class cutters lang ang fit sa requirement natin dyan.

  • Great Gramo

    Nice! Sana me mga 20 pang ganyan ang Pinas, sa laki ng dagat na sakop natin.

  • Edzel

    When was the purchase of this vessel initiated?  Was it during the term of GMA? Was it during the term of P-Noy.  Let us be transfarent. Negotiation for the purchase of the said vessel could not have been done recently.  Huwag bilugin ang ulo namin.

    • allan

      the cutter hamilton class was transferred to the  phil navy last May 13,2011 only.

      • mmm choco

        ano point mo?

    • Anonymous

      Hey! Edzel as i google the purchase of the said vessel,  is  early this year, turned over last May 13, 2011. mag search ka nga lang. wag t@nga. at di naman po binibilog ulo mo kasi mahirap bilogin hugis question mark.. paki check mo na rin spelling mo

    • Billy Mosende

      mag-research ka para di ka lumabas na kahiya-hiya sa mga sinasabi mo. surprisingly, meron pang isang engot na sumang-ayon sa ýo! bwahahahihihi!!!!! 

  • mmm choco

    purchase po eto .hinde hingi!  kuha nyo?

    • Edzel

      may nagsabi bang hingi ito. bugok at ogag

  • Anonymous

    Truly inspiring!

    PNoy govt is delivering.

    Godspeed PNoy.

  • Edzel

    Hindi ko lang po alam kung aabot ang barko na ito sa mga sasakyang dagat ng mga Abu Sayaff

  • anonym ous

    Reality check for the cynics out there:
    1. Even 10-year-old ships cost BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

    2. The US will not lend us aircraft carriers! That sort of technology is in the same league as nuclear weapons. They are also extremely expensive to maintain.

    3. It is also extremely expensive to develop our own warships. Warship R&D is not that simple.

  • Anonymous

    kailan kaya tayo magkakaroon ng bagong mga kasangkapan? 1965. wow. coast guard ship ng US, SURFACE COMBATANT ship nation!wow. di kaya gamin lang yan sa mga illegal nagawain?gaya nung nangyari ke Escano? ano na nangyari sa kaso.
    alisin na LAHAT ng matatandang henerasyon sa sandatahang lakas. para malinis yan. NANINIWALA BA KAYO NA ME MABABAGO DYAN E ANG MAG NAKAUPO KASAMAHAN DIN NG MGA DATI?KAIDAD?KA HENERASYON.
    linisin ang organsasyon…

  • joboni96

    ang mahal ng patrol gunship na ito

    ang dami ng patrol boat at ship ng navy
    bakit hindi yung may banat ang binili?

    fast missile ship/facs dapat

    nadenggoy na naman tayo ng u.s.
    pinagbili ang ibabasura nila
    inalisan pa ng mga gamit
    buti sana kung iyan ang kailangan natin

  • Anonymous

    ayos yan me panlaban na tayo sa intsik, laban sa 1 aircraft carrier, 100+ na submarine, 300+ na warships. mabuhay ang pilipinas!!!

    • Lilius Mojica

      Pumunta ka na china, at wag ka na bumalik. On the other hand, sarcasm will get you nowhere bantot, este watot.

  • Anonymous

    dont be such a crab, pinoys. suporta lang.

  • Tom Lincoln

    Gawin nyo nalang yan artificial coral reef , !!!

    A waste of tax payers money !!! instead of spending millions of dollars for that one ship gumawa nalang tayo ng sariling atin (small, fast, all weather type, w/ surface to air defense)..

    makaka generate pa tayo ng trabaho …. mga taga military at gobyerno talaga oo tatalino nyo naman …. inu una nyo kase bulsa nyo bago ang bayan !!!

    • Lilius Mojica

      Apparently you don’t have any idea or haven’t done research on the self-reliance program being undertaken by the Navy with regard to building locally made ships in cooperation with local shipyards. At wala ka background sa naval defense. Just this month may locally-made na LCU on sea trials. We procured the BRP del Pilar because of our immediate need sa WPS. Mag-aral ka at magbasa ka muna bago ka mag-comment, para may kasaysayan iyang sinasabi mo. Madali mag-criticize ang mga walang alam.. 


    its better to have a second hand ship than a defenceless country… Alam nyo guys we are filipino we hate war… ayaw natin nang gulo… and hindi na natin kailangan ng other war equipments… we can solve this problems w/ a cup of coffe… its nice to have a new member of the Phil. Navy Flag Ship…

    And for those people na wala magawa kung hindi manilip ng ibang tao kayo kaya ang padala sa china para malaman nyo na dapat pinag uusapan lang ang isang problema…. puro kayo dak dak pagandahin nyo buhay nyo ng makatulong kayo sa kapwa natin… MGA PASAWAY KAYO!!!

  • Joel

    Tama na yan! we need to support our defense, our national territory we filipinos must change our utak! we need to think for our own good, our interest our country for god sake! think! hayaan na lng ba natin pagtatawanan tayo ng ibang bansa, wala tayong silbi, wala tayong utak, we are filipinos our forefathers died for this country they believe our strength to be a good nation, nasaan na ba tayo? we must suuport our military they die defending our freedom and democracy we must believe ourselves as a nation no one and nobody even the mightier can destroy our will to be a nation. China is in our backyard already they are far away from home they want to take our territory hayaan na lng ba natin to? think man! think. If they can do this someday even our country they will conquer it., we need to upgrade our military especially The Philippine Navy and Our Air Force… salamat we already cutter we need more especially destroyer that can fight surface and air at one time… Destroyer are really strong! they will become our good defense. Filipinos Wake up man Wake up!

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