The Navy’s newly-acquired cutter vessel is set to sail from the US to
the Philippines next week and will be deployed to the West Philippine
Sea, Navy chief Vice Admiral Alexander Pama said.

“All preparations have been made for this long trip, the actual
send-off takes place on July 18,” Pama said in a statement Saturday.

Speaking to reporters Friday night in Camp Aguinaldo, Pama said he
will leave for San Francisco, California, the next day to fetch the
Hamilton-class ship.

The vessel, acquired from the US Coast Guard and now named BRP
Gregorio del Pilar, will be deployed to aid in the maritime security
of the Malampaya natural gas project west of Palawan, which funded its
purchase, according to the Navy chief.

Lieutenant Col. Omar Tonsay, Navy spokesman, said the ship’s
three-week trip to the Philippines will include stopovers at Hawaii
and Guam. (John Roson)

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