Navy to decommission BRP Sultan Kudarat
MANILA, Philippines — In anticipation of upcoming ships, the Philippine Navy will decommission the Malvar-class patrol vessel BRP Sultan Kudarat (PS-22) on Friday.
A ceremony for the decommissioning will be held at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Sangley Point, Cavite City.
BRP Sultan Kudarat, the former USS Crestview (PCE 895) of the US Navy and Dong Da II (HQ-07) of Southern Vietnam, served the Offshore Combat Force of the Philippines for 43 years.
“This is part of the phase-in/phase-out of Philippine Navy floating assets. In preparation for our more capable and modern platforms, we also have to decommission older platforms,” Philippine Fleet commander Rear Adm. Giovanni Bacordo told reporters.
“This has been planned before already… Kung may newer assets tayo, saan mo kukunin ang personnel manning of these assets? We get it from the vessels that will be decommissioned,” he added.
Bacordo said they are also looking to decommission a sister-ship of BRP Sultan Kudarat within this year.
“This August we are expecting BRP Conrado Yap-class corvette, ‘yung Pohang. While meron naman tayong mga personnel doon ngayon sa Korea training and manning the vessel, it’s only about 60 percent. The remaining 40 percent pagdating dito, i-fill up pa natin,” he said. (Editor: Katherine G. Adraneda)
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