The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is set to deploy its newest and most advanced Philippine Navy vessel to secure the Sulu sea against terrorism.
The vessel, BRP-Conrado Yap, arrived in Zamboanga City Monday in line with her “show of the flag mission” and will stay here until November 7.
Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, said BRP-Conrado Yap will be deployed in the Sulu Sea after it completes its show of the flag mission in the entire country.
The show of the flag mission literally means to display the flag of one’s country, especially as an expression of patriotic pride.
Sobejana said the mission also aims to provide opportunity to the local chief executives and other stakeholders to view the newest vessel of the Philippine Navy.
“They are here to showcase to the public the newest vessel of the Philippine Navy,” he said.
Sobejana said the deployment of the vessel, also known as Patrol Ship-39, will serve as a big deterrent “for the lawless elements to commit atrocities in our region.”
“It (BRP-Conrado Yap) will enhance our security posture here in Sulu Sea in securing the maritime domain,” Sobejana said.
He added the BRP-Conrado Yap plays a multi-role as it will be used against anti-smuggling, anti-human trafficking aside from anti-terrorism.
The BRP-Conrado Yap, which is commanded by Capt. Marco Buena, is a Pohang-class corvette of the Philippine Navy.
The vessel, which was acquired from South Korea, is the Philippine Navy’s first modern corvette and, as of August 2019, it is the most heavily-armed unit.
It was named after Capt. Conrado D. Yap, the most decorated Filipino soldier during the Korean War. PNA.GOV.PH