Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Send-off ceremony for BRP Ramon Alcaraz postponed

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 6): Send-off ceremony for BRP Ramon Alcaraz postponed

The send-off ceremony for the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), which was earlier scheduled for July 8 at Manila's South Harbor, was ordered postponed by the Philippine Navy (PN) Wednesday.

"We regret to inform you of the postponement of the scheduled send-off ceremony for BRP Ramon Alcaraz due to unavoidable circumstances and the change of the operational demand of the said Philippine Navy vessel," PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said.

"We will be coordinating with you closely as soon as we have the directive to proceed on the said activity. Rest assured that we will be inviting you again to cover the send-off ceremony," he added.

Earlier, Lincuna said the PN will be conducting a send-off ceremony for BRP Ramon Alcaraz and her AgustaWestland AW-109 helicopter detachment this coming Friday, at 8 a.m., at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor.

This is for the ship's July 11 to 15 port visit to Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.

An estimated 200 crewmen, surface warfare students, medical teams and Naval Special Operations Teams will be participating in the activity.

Lincuna said this activity is to demonstrate their sincere show of support to Vietnam People’s Navy and send a strong message of cooperation between the two navies to the regional/international community.

The BRP Ramon Alcaraz is the sister-ship of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15). Both vessels are ex-Hamilton class cutters acquired from the US.

BRP Gregorio Del Pilar was commissioned in December 2011 while BRP Ramon Alcaraz entered PN active service in November of 2013.


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