Wednesday, April 27, 2011

PN commissions 2 vessels into service

Manila Bulletin, Wednesday, April 27,2011

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy has commissioned two vessels into active service during its recent 73rd anniversary celebration held at Sangley Point in Cavite City.

Lt. Col. Omar Tonsay, director of the Naval Public Affairs Office, said the two newly-commissioned vessels – BRP Emilio Liwanag (PG118) and BRP Manobo (AT297) – were repaired using deadlocked parts which were sourced from the systems and machinery of vessels.

PG118 is one of the seven Patrol Killer Medium (PKM) gunboats acquired from South Korea but had to undergo repairs when she was turned over to the Philippine Navy.

On the other hand, BRP Manobo is a combat and logistics support vessel used to transport personnel and cargo. Formerly categorized as a boat unit of the Philippine Navy, BRP Manobo was commissioned to increase logistics support capability of the navy.

The commissioning ceremony was presided by the Flag Officer-In-Command Vice Admiral Alexander Pama.

The Navy also inaugurated the Fleet Command Center (FCC) equipped with information systems designed to show real time dispositions of its troops, vessels, manpower and aerial assets nationwide, through a computerized network of information and database systems.

It is expected that the new technological innovations will enable the Philippine Fleet to promptly assess situations at sea, address security concerns and respond efficiently during emergencies.

Rear Admiral Jose Luis Alano, Commander of the Philippine Fleet, said that the new technological innovation is designed to improve its operational capabilities as part of its modernization program. (EHL)

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