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Philippine navy acquires large US patrol ship

MANILA -- The Philippine navy said Monday it had bought a large Hamilton-class patrol craft from the United States to help it guard its waters, amid tensions over territorial claims, notably with China.

The announcement was made by the new Philippine military chief of staff, air force Lieutenant-General Eduardo Oban, as he assumed his post.

“As I speak, Philippine navy officers are now in the United States ... preparing to sail our first Hamilton class navy (vessel) to the Philippines,” he said in a speech to troops.

“We shall sustain efforts to modernize our armed forces,” he added.

Details of the acquisition were not disclosed, but the navy said in January that acquiring the refurbished, 380-foot (115-meter) vessel was aimed at boosting its border patrol capability.

Monday's announcement came amid fresh tensions between Manila and China over allegations that Beijing's patrol vessels harassed a Philippine oil exploration boat in disputed waters in the South China Sea last week.

After lodging a formal protest, Philippine President Benigno Aquino ordered coast guard escorts for the oil exploration vessel, which was conducting a seismic survey in the Reed Bank, which is close to the disputed Spratly islands.

China has brushed the protest aside, reasserting that the Spratlys, which it calls the Nansha islands, and adjacent waters have always been part of its territory.

The reputedly oil-rich chain are claimed — in whole or in part — by China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The new ship will replace the Philippine navy's flagship, Raja Humabon, a Cannon-class destroyer escort, which is probably one of the world's oldest warships, the navy has said.

Equipped with a retractable hangar, a helicopter flight deck and powered by a dual engine or gas turbines, the Hamilton is described as a high endurance cutter with close-in weapons systems.

Washington considers the Philippines a major non-NATO military ally and the two countries are bound by a 1951 mutual defense treaty.

March 8, 2011    norman_1211@
Please do not put the rajah humabon on retirement. Even though she is old, she is still capable on performing her duties. What we should do instead is partner her with our new Hamilton long endurance patrol ship to make it a 1 and 2 punch.
April 18, 2011    arielserrona@
ha ha ha ha!!!! she will be a liability. let her rest in peace. Donate her to any maritime school in the visayas especially to Naval State University in Naval Biliran!
April 21, 2011    manokpaul@
Why don't we just use raja humabon a floating school ship for our young navy officer, let them get acquainted with their life inside a ship rather than in a base.
April 22, 2011    dannyvtph@
China is actually not afraid of the armed forces but very much afraid of tetanus that might infect their troops if there are skirmishes. Our armed forces are full of rust, infection and others and this is what China is actually afraid of.
May 29, 2011    aljhon.manansala@
hmmm... you know, Chinese just don’t know what Filipinos can do if war started... mark my word, Filipinos can win with them.. u know even though we are outnumbered, it is just a matter of strategy... just trust our own armed forces....
June 2, 2011    gritpaladin07@
Actually we need more floating naval assets in that region and Rajah Humabon can still contribute her presence to keep intruders out of our territorial waters. That old destroyer is a medium caliber Battleship that can fire lots of Salvos against any naval targets.
June 17, 2011    kalatagan@
norman_1211@ wrote:
Please do not put the rajah humabon on retirement. Even though she is old, she is still capable on performing her duties. What we should do instead is partner her with our new Hamilton long endurance patrol ship to make it a 1 and 2 punch.
You’re right norma. Despite its old model and low capabilities in battle still rajah humabon can help defend the territorial waters of the Philippines.

So my advice to our Chinese brothers, let’s unite and have peace through out west Philippine sea (south china sea). We are bounded by our blood and of course economy so let us just be friends again.
June 17, 2011    zartucilla_27@
We should not be afraid of Mongoloid Chinese. We are ALLIED FORCES and ALLIED defeated HITLER with 1 Million Soldiers and EVEN the SAMURAI. But now JAPAN is part of the ALLIES as well as VIETNAM, Korea and NATO FORCES in the WEST. GOD BLESS ALL CHRISTIANS...
June 18, 2011    USAFFE@
Americans & Filipino's will stand up and Fight any invaders that will do harms way... specially when mutual defense treaty is very strong... china can never break this alliance... American forces is already mustering it's forces with the Philippines.. ( BALIKATAN 2011)
June 20, 2011    Azkals@
The Philippines need a couple of Big patrol boats, A lot of Harpoon or Exocet Coastal SSM defense systems and get the air force back to its 50 jet inventory with ASM capability to get the Chinese to respect the 200 mile EEZ zone that they have signed in the UN in 1980 and 1992.

Exocet and harpoon has a 200 mile radius well within the scope of the system when deployed in the island of Palawan and Mindoro.
June 21, 2011    fax68@
Moro warriors can stop an invading army. Even Spain and America can't stop the most dangerous Filipino warriors. I am not a Moro but they are Filipinos too. They are battle hardened Filipinos no foreign aggression can stop them.
June 22, 2011    cj@
The Philippines is the closest country in the spratly, why buy a dozen speed boats with missile capability? They can be deploy faster if they base them in palawan. They should have made the hamilton missile capable, missile vs. canon? I will go for the missile, hamilton destroyed in second if war breaks out
June 22, 2011    CJ@
norman_1211@ wrote:
Please do not put the rajah humabon on retirement. Even though she is old, she is still capable on performing her duties. What we should do instead is partner her with our new Hamilton long endurance patrol ship to make it a 1 and 2 punch.
humabon + hamilton without a missile capability is useless in the spratly. canon vs missile, i would definitely choose i a missile.
June 24, 2011    f.magellan@
fax68@ wrote:
Moro warriors can stop an invading army. Even Spain and America can't stop the most dangerous Filipino warriors. I am not a Moro but they are Filipinos too. They are battle hardened Filipinos no foreign aggression can stop them.
Hey, wake up, we're in millennium...rockets & missiles will outclass those knives & bolos...subs will swallow those bancas...tanks will outrun those carabaos...so pity, because FULL OF CORRUPTION, Filipinos are doomed in Asia.
June 27, 2011    nosrov@
Bring this issue to Philippine Senate and lower house.. Don’t buy warship like Hamilton if no missile capability...
We need 5 submarines (of course with missile like torpedo), 10 Warship with missiles capability, 2 Jet fighter stealth bomber and latest 20 aircraft with missiles capabilities...and then next project is NUCLEAR BOMB..
June 28, 2011    f.magellan@
nosrov@ wrote:
Bring this issue to Philippine Senate and lower house.. Don’t buy warship like Hamilton if no missile capability...
We need 5 submarines (of course with missile like torpedo), 10 Warship with missiles capability, 2 Jet fighter stealth bomber and latest 20 aircraft with missiles capabilities...and then next project is NUCLEAR BOMB..
act don't use your mouth...the government cares only about their pocket...all those arguing at the floors are shows and theatrical acts to fool the 'already fooled' Pinoy...
June 30, 2011    corexdee@
hahaha very funny, these Filipino’s comment are way beyond part of a Looney tunes lunatic day dreaming OFW's.
July 17, 2011    loker@
cj@ wrote:
The Philippines is the closest country in the spratly, why buy a dozen speed boats with missile capability? They can be deploy faster if they base them in palawan. They should have made the hamilton missile capable, missile vs. canon? I will go for the missile, hamilton destroyed in second if war breaks out
I totally agree!...
July 20, 2011    vladimir_asia@
Peaceful dialogue is always primary option in every tension to avoid conflict but if failed and war breaks out....We have to strengthen our AFP military upgrades thru the US support against China military presence in Spratly. Spratly is the ancestral domain of Palawan and Sulu tribes. Missile defense should be another consideration. China is the next enemy of South East Asia for controlling former South China Sea and we have to prepare for the worst.
July 21, 2011    HitlER_611@
Another Stupid ship, if you put that ship in the frontline without an escort KAAAAAAAAAAAABOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM, if a war breaks out!!!!!!!!!!
July 21, 2011    jayr_ylanan2001@
I hope we can get many of this....... for further knowledge to military.. let’s bring back the basic military training in every school... to militarize our nation and be aware of upcoming war in the future... so we are prepared if ever needed...... I hope we modernize our air forces the no.1 most effective way of scouting our territory.... and buy supply air to air missile defenses.
July 22, 2011    cldcmiranda@
When ever there is oil interest Washington (Illuminati's military arm) is there. They will supply both sides with military weapons. China's military might can wipe out the Philippines off the map in just one day. Don't be so naive.
July 26, 2011    jp_deodato@
We have a secret weapon...the UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES
July 27, 2011    arieldpu@
I think it will not go that far.....but if china pushes their aggression, the international community will intervene. If they will still push it, China will have a lot of enemies. They’re communists for God sake!
August 3, 2011    spares_13@
The Philippines needs aggressive upgrade in external defense. Our Philippine national police can't defend our internal because of lack of capabilities so we need aggressive upgrade to both side AFP, PNP, Marines.
August 7, 2011    cloyd_ass123@
The solution is to build our own arsenal and wipe out the local Chinese traders. They are controlling our own local economy. Government cannot see that. Even domestic and international they own that, and bribing our local official to its own interest. So it’s time to wake-up, this freedom is useless if we are slave on our own native land. The Pilipino will rise if the business imperialism is gone from our land.
August 8, 2011    taemotaeko@
Why is everyone thinking of war? China is not that stupid to start a war with any of the countries. They only want to protect their territories. Unfortunately some of these territories that they are claiming are part of the Philippines. This issue will be brought to the international court.
August 17, 2011    avc1elec@
We don’t need to wait for the Chinese to attack us, they are already in the country. They control almost all of the businesses here, including seat of power.
August 21, 2011    roy_mc_coy@
aljhon.manansala@ wrote:
hmmm... you know, Chinese just don’t know what Filipinos can do if war started... mark my word, Filipinos can win with them.. u know even though we are outnumbered, it is just a matter of strategy... just trust our own armed forces....
You mean like your police force with the hijacked tour bus with Hong Kong tourists?
August 23, 2011    kyle_villanueva66@
It is the Filipinos' spirit and the determination to win the war that will definitely defeat the enemy of the Filipinos.......... no amount of weapon can compensate that.
August 24, 2011    grom3463@
The Chinese are trying to invade their neighbors but they have nothing. What can the Chinese do beside steal, fake, and kill??? Their nation was just defeated, humiliated by many others such as Mongolia, Japanese, English. Even the small country like Vietnam has kicked their a** many times.

Bring it on low life China, let’s see what you have??? Big country with small brain can't even touch Taiwan. Let the South East Asia teach China a good lesson. The Japanese, Vietnamese and all around the world will teach them a good lesson.
August 25, 2011    timzone@
Learning anything about C803 or DF21 before?
August 29, 2011    innohreloza@
If we pray hard during the war we will win, right? Our faith should be high.
August 30, 2011    jkquieta@
norman_1211@ wrote:
Please do not put the rajah humabon on retirement. Even though she is old, she is still capable on performing her duties. What we should do instead is partner her with our new Hamilton long endurance patrol ship to make it a 1 and 2 punch.
Please try not to buy second hand ships. We’re just a country composed of islands, why not open ur eyes. Try to buy a Filipino made modern ships and boats. We can build it. We need small cutter ships and boats with the latest armaments. Buying Filipino made means more jobs and good economy. Imagine boats with missiles or torpedoes that are easily maneuverable in shallow waters.
September 6, 2011    benz_762000@
China would have hard time if they decide to occupy those islands coz the US navy is still in its way. Best our nation could do is to bring the issue to UN and solve it in a peaceful way. Don’t get me wrong, China secretly building up their armed forces, they might not have the most advanced tech. But they planned to balance it, by the numbers, just exactly what Russia did to the Germans in WW-II. QUANTITY HAS QUALITY.
September 8, 2011    stnsinners@
innohreloza@ wrote:
If we pray hard during the war we will win, right? Our faith should be high.
RUN or fight back. Praying is the most stupid method because CHINESE are GODLESS...
September 13, 2011    delrome74@
Don't worry, the Philippines will be 51st state of USA one of these days if China is crazy about trying their capabilities of acquiring a place they really don't own. And may God help all countries that try to be fair and understanding, and not be a bully, and try to scare the whole world, just because the just acquire that wealth from all of us, through WTO membership, without that China is still a backward country. It's better the United State Back them up before. So look at them now!!! They will stab you in the back!!!! But will see, if they succeed on their attitude and plan, God Bless all the peaceful and loving countries of this earth. May God bless us all.
November 12, 2011    gariboi71@
Maybe by next year, a number of Philippine navy ships will already be missile armed.... let's wait and see. Some of our Philippine soldiers are already abroad and undergoing training on missile technology transfer.
November 29, 2011    zamuthz@
For those who despise and looking down to AFP..

Check Battle of Yultong..

This Spratly issue can always be taken to International Court to avoid war. But that does not mean we shouldn’t prepare ourselves in anyway we can, before the worst comes.
December 27, 2011    sniper_cigt@
norman_1211@ wrote:
Please do not put the rajah humabon on retirement. Even though she is old, she is still capable on performing her duties. What we should do instead is partner her with our new Hamilton long endurance patrol ship to make it a 1 and 2 punch.
This is a very good ship, once patrolling the pacific and Alaskan border to Russia. This means it has the endurance. Long range radar is an effective way of defense as it can sneak from island to island near the south china sea without being spotted by MiGs so newly acquired F16's can intercept before these fighters can cross the border. We will have 3 more of this class and 12 F16.
February 15, 2012    onat_ayo72@
We need Russia’s latest stealth corvette and some 5th generation Russian made frigate armed with guided missile and superior guns and torpedoes and capable of laying sea mine. We need Russian borey class nuke sub for carrying advance icbm like the bulava which carries 10 nuclear warheads on each missile. We also need havoc ka-52 a ghost shark codename multi role helicopter invisible to radar and can fight a multi role fighter plane like f- 15. We also need berkut 5th generation multi-role fighter plane more advanced than the f-22 raptor. All of these are Russian made which the US can’t overcome with their technology.
March 16, 2012    otaner_besas@
Well paneros,tama kaung lahat but the problem in acquisitions in our external defense needs is the meager budget of the AFP year-in and year-out. So how do you think we can afford to acquire these state of the art military hardware?
March 16, 2012    otaner_besas@
onat_ayo72@ wrote:
We need Russia’s latest stealth corvette and some 5th generation Russian made frigate armed with guided missile and superior guns and torpedoes and capable of laying sea mine. We need Russian borey class nuke sub for carrying advance icbm like the bulava which carries 10 nuclear warheads on each missile. We also need havoc ka-52 a ghost shark codename multi role helicopter invisible to radar and can fight a multi role fighter plane like f- 15. We also need berkut 5th generation multi-role fighter plane more advanced than the f-22 raptor. All of these are Russian made which the US can’t overcome with their technology.
We have to contend ourselves in acquiring instead upgraded fighter jets like the f-16, block-42+ to block52+ avionics and weapon systems upgrades, A-10 thunderbolts, A/B.
May 4, 2012    gamboacriselda@
otaner_besas@ wrote:
Well paneros,tama kaung lahat but the problem in acquisitions in our external defense needs is the meager budget of the AFP year-in and year-out. So how do you think we can afford to acquire these state of the art military hardware?
Its just a matter of money... lets fund this with our central bank... does north Korea never acquire their nuclear technology without funds even though they are poorer than us? So just a matter of funding this project.
May 4, 2012    supotpinoy@
The Filipinos must check and read People's Liberation Army before opening their mouth....actually the Americans wet their pants when they saw the news.
May 16, 2012    robert.celeste@
arielserrona@ wrote:
ha ha ha ha!!!! she will be a liability. let her rest in peace. Donate her to any maritime school in the visayas especially to Naval State University in Naval Biliran!
Hey are you a Filipino? Instead of being proud of our armed forces why do you turn it down? If you have Chinese blood so you have a right to stay in my country. Go back to your place where you belong.
July 5, 2012    Umaya@
otaner_besas@ wrote:
Well paneros,tama kaung lahat but the problem in acquisitions in our external defense needs is the meager budget of the AFP year-in and year-out. So how do you think we can afford to acquire these state of the art military hardware?
Vietnam navy has 2 new missile frigates and 6 forthcoming submarines. They also have land based anti ship and anti aircraft missiles. Their air force has new jet planes with anti ship and anti aircraft capability. With this deterrent capability, a Vietnamese navy ship recently rammed a Chinese maritime surveillance ship.
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 Philippine navy acquires large US patrol ship 
This undated photo downloaded from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) website on Monday, March 7, shows USCGC Hamilton, a 378-foot cutter at an undisclosed location off the coast of the U.S. This ship is similar to what the Philippine navy says it has acquired from the U.S. (AFP)

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