After two months in the high seas, BRP Ramon Alcaraz, the second Hamilton-class cutter in Philippine service, was met off Bolinao, Pangasinan by its sister ship, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar and an estimated 30 civilian craft Saturday.
This took place around 3 p.m., according to Philippine Navy spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic.
After the "meeting point" ceremonies which lasted for almost an hour, BRP Ramon Alcaraz will proceed to
Zambales escorted by the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar.
The country's newest frigate is expected to dock in
late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
"BRP Ramon Alcaraz will anchor for CIQ or customs, immigration, and quarantine until Monday or two days," Fabic stressed.
After the CIQ processing, the ship will then moor at the
for the welcome ceremony to be led by President Benigno S. Aquino III Aug. 6. Alava Wharf
The Filipino warship began its maiden voyage to its new home,
Philippines, when it departed
June 10 Charleston, South Carolina
The ship made port stops in
Mayport, Florida; San Diego, California; Hawaii, and Guam.
Last July 28 at exactly 2 p.m., BRP Ramon Acaraz left Guam for the final stretch of its journey to the
One of the officers on board BRP Ramon Alcaraz, Lt. (JG) Errol Cruz, wrote in his blog that the sail past activity in Casiguran marked the first official activity of Alcaraz in Philippine territory.