Tuesday, January 31, 2012

AFP to reveal powerful naval unit


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) revealed to the public its latest war material – the Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15).

The naval patrol boat will be opened to the public on February 5 and will be anchored at Puerto Princesa City Anchorage Area.

The open house activity aimed to show the whole country the state of readiness of the vessel as protector of Palawan waters and the West Philippine Sea.

The vessel may also serve as an added naval security to Malampaya Oil Fields and other petroleum service contract areas of the Department of Energy (DOE) in the West Philippine Sea.

BRP Gregorio del Pilar is said to be the fastest and largest warship of the Philippine Navy. It was transferred to the Philippine Navy by the United States’ Coast Guard in May 13 last year.

These latest developments are amidst the complaints from China that criticized the Philippines for allowing more US troops in the country.

Lashing the Philippine’s recent actuations, the Chinese government also warned that any negative intrusions in the disputed Spratly areas will result to economic and political sanctions from the PROC.
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PhilStar.Com 
January 30, 2012 01:22 PM 

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