Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lorenzana wants to send new Navy warship to Palawan, Sulu Sea

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Aug 20, 2019): Lorenzana wants to send new Navy warship to Palawan, Sulu Sea

The BRP Conrado Yap, the Philippine Navy’s “most powerful’ ship, was donated by the South Korean government. (Photo from the Philippine Navy)

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants to deploy the Philippine Navy’s newly-acquired vessel BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) to Palawan or Sulu if he could have his way.

“Kung ako, baka siguro baka Palawan and the Sulu Seas,” he told reporters Tuesday on the sidelines of the arrival ceremony for BRP Conrado Yap.

“It depends on the Navy how soon they can bring that to the south,” he said.

Navy chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad described its latest acquisition as its “most powerful” ship.

The Philippine Navy held a welcome ceremony for its newest asset, BRP Conrado Yap, a warship donated by the South Korean government, and the BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602), which is returning home after participating in the Russian Navy celebration in Vladivostok.

The new acquisition came as Lorenzana and the military in recent weeks questioned the unauthorized and multiple transits of Chinese warships within Philippine territorial waters, including Palawan and Sibutu Strait near the Sulu Sea.

The Philippine government has filed diplomatic protests on the intrusions of the Chinese warships.

Earlier in the day, President Rodrigo Duterte issued an order requiring foreign warships to get clearance when passing through the country’s territorial waters.

“Either we get a compliance in a friendly manner or we enforce it in an unfriendly manner,” said presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who relayed the President’s new directive.

Capt. Marco Buena, commanding officer of BRP Conrado Yap, said the new ship would largely support the Navy’s mission to drive away foreign intruders within the country’s territory.

“This warship will greatly contribute to the current capability of our armed forces to defend our sovereignty and keep our potential enemies away from our seas and shorelines,” he said in his speech.

The new warship is equipped with anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and anti-air warfare capabilities. It is seen to serve as a transition platform to the future and more modern assets of the Philippine Navy.

“The main capability of this main warship is to conduct anti-submarine warfare, which I can say is very timely for us to cope with the present situation our different areas of interest demand,” Buena said.


LOOK: PH Navy's 'most powerful ship' BRP Conrado Yap arrives at last

From ABS-CBN (Aug 20, 2019): LOOK: PH Navy's 'most powerful ship' BRP Conrado Yap arrives at last

BRP Conrado Yap, the Philippines’ most heavily armed warship to date, arrives st the port of Manila. It is expected to provide the necessary transition for the Navy into anti-submarine warfare @abscbnnews

MANILA - Regarded by the Philippine Navy as its “most powerful ship”
to date, the ex-Pohang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS39) docked
in the Port of Manila Tuesday after being acquired from South Korea.

The 32-year old warship is recognized by the navy as its most powerful
ship to date because of its sonars and torpedo launchers are capable of
anti-submarine warfare.
Various sonars and radars also make the BRP Conrado Yap better equipped to scan the surface of the sea and beneath it @ABSCBNNews

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Three torpedo launchers are on each side of the BRP Yap, while the bow
and stern, or front and back of the ship, have a 76mm Oto Melara and
40mm twin-barrel Breda secondary guns each. These guns are suited for
anti-ship and anti-surface warfare.
The BRP Conrado Yap’s main anti-air and anti-surface weapons: a 76mm Oto Melara and a 40mm Breda twin barrel gun at the bow (front) and stern (back) of the ship. [musical score not part of capabilities 🤣] @ABSCBNNews

The ship is expected to aid the Philippine Navy in bridging the newly
acquired capabilities and those still on the way. It can partner with the new
Agusta 159 helicopters which also have anti-submarine detection capabilities.
The BRP Conrado Yap’s anti-submarine weaponry: a triple-tube Mk 32 grenade launcher at starboard (right side) and portside (left side). @ABSCBNNews

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It will also complement the capabilities of the two brand-new frigates that
are being built by Korean company Hyundai.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana hopes that the BRP Yap will be deployed
in Palawan and Sulu Sea, but the navy is still waiting for more improvements
to be made on the warship before it is deployed.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana troops the line of Philippine Navy sailors and Marines before the arrival of BRP Conrado Yap (PS39), the newly acquired corvette from Korea. The PS39 is a platform capable of anti-surface and anti-air operations @ABSCBNNews

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It is named after the late Army Capt. Conrado Yap, who died in battle trying
to rescue and defend another besieged Philippine Army unit in the Korean War.
For his bravery, Captain Yap posthumously received a Medal for Valor, the highest
military honor that the military confers.

The ship was decommissioned by the Korean Navy in 2016 and commissioned
by the Philippine Navy in 2019. Lorenzana expressed hope that the Korean Navy
would let the Philippines acquire two more corvettes of its kind.