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PH Navy tests newly acquired ship before deployment

/ 09:55 PM August 28, 2019

The BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) (Photo by FRANCES MANGOSING / INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy will carry out an endurance test for its newest acquisition, the BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39), before it deploys the warship.

Navy chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said the vessel would navigate around the Philippines to establish its readiness.

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“Paikutin namin sa buong Pilipinas [It will go around the Philippines]. It will go to Palawan, Cebu, Mindanao, the eastern part of the country, sa Philippine Rise, then babalik na [it will return],” he told reporters in a press briefing Wednesday.

When the ship is finally ready for deployment, it will be sent to the West Philippine Sea or the Mindanao area.

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“We can deploy her to the West Philippine Sea, Wescom (Western Command) area. Dalawa lang ang pwede [It’s either], Wescom or Mindanao,” Empedrad said.

“Sa Mindanao, kung may gumalaw na terorista or threats, very accurate, automated ang baril. Tatama kahit sa napakaliit na barko na dumadaan ,” he added.

[In Mindanao, if there are terrorists or threats, its guns are automated, very accurate. They can hit ships no matter how small.]

The BRP Conrado Yap, a former Pohang-class corvette of South Korea, is the currently the Philippine Navy’s most capable warship. It arrived in the country last week.

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