BRP Del Pilar to patrol West Philippine Sea anew
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy’s BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PS-15), one of its biggest and most capable ships, will soon be deployed to the West Philippine Sea for patrols after undergoing system upgrades and repairs of its damaged propeller shaft.
It was the Navy’s flagship when it ran aground in Hasa-Hasa (Half Moon) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea in August 2018 while on routine patrol.
“PS-15 has already completed all her trials and is Western Command area of operations-bound. After almost four years of undergoing repairs, BRP Gregorio del Pilar sails first to participate in Exercise Pagsisikap and thence deployment at West Philippine Sea,” acting Navy chief Rear Admiral Caesar Bernard Valencia told the Inquirer on Sunday.
The naval readiness exercise will run from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30 in Palawan, he said. The BRP Del Pilar has a cruising range of around 22,500 kilometers and a speed of up to 28 knots and is armed with naval guns.
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