Sunday, July 17, 2011

New PN ship sailing home

Tempo, Sunday, July 17, 2011

Philippine Navy (PN) Flag Officer-in-Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Alexander Pama announced that the newly acquired PN ship Hamilton Class US cOast Guard Cutter is all set to all sail from San Francisco, California, United States tomorrow and head to its new home in the Philippines.

Pama will join the sendoff for the new PN ship BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) for her three week voyage to the Philippines.

The Navy chief said the sendoff will the signal the last leg of activities for BRP Gregorio del Pilar in the US and will start the first leg of its journey for the Philippines.

"All preparations have been made for this long trip home as the actual send -off takes place on July 18, 2011 at 4 p.m." said Pama who will be flying to the US for the activity. The ship was turned over to the Philippine government on May 13 during rites attended by Philippine Ambassador to United States Jose L. Cuisia Jr., US Coast Guard Pacific Area and Defense Force West Commandnder Vice Admiral Manson K Brown, and Philippine Defense and Armed Forces Attache to the US PN Captain Antonio A. Habulan Jr.

Navy spokesman Col. Omar Tonsay said the send-off marks the second leg in the PF-15's voyage towards Philippine Maritime Security Operations, the first being the turnover.

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