MANILA, Philippines (Updated) — The Philippine Navy’s newly acquired warship, BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF16), arrived in Philippine waters 2 a.m. Friday, August 2.
“At two o’clock this morning, we officially entered the Philippine area of responsibility. Yes, BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF16) is no longer overseas,” reads the blog created to document the journey of Alcaraz.
President Benigno Aquino III will personally welcome Alcaraz in a ceremony in Subic, Zambales on Tuesday, August 6.
Alcaraz arrived in Philipine Area of Responsibility (PAR) 1 am Thursday, August 1. PAR specifically refers to the area where the government weather bureau is tasked to monitor cyclones. The ship will arrive in Philippine waters on Friday, August 2.
“Festive” ceremonies were lined up to celebrate the arrival of the country’s second Hamilton class cutter, according to the military. Bought from the US for P600 million, it will eventually be deployed in the country’s exclusive economic zone for maritime patrols.
Before Tuesday, two smaller ceremonies were scheduled in Aurora and Pangasinan involving the country’s first Hamilton class cutter BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, yacht owners, and local fishermen.
Local fishing boats in Casiguran, Aurora conducted a “Sail Past” to welcome Alcaraz Friday morning.
On Saturday, August 3, ceremonies will be staged for Del Pilar to welcome Alcaraz.
Alcaraz and Del Pilar are capable of conducting patrols for long periods of time. They can also withstand heavy weather and rough sea conditions. — Rappler.com