Philippine Navy decommissions 4 ‘legacy ships’

The Philippine Navy today, March 1 decommissioned four of its “legacy ships” during a ceremony at Captain Salvo Pier, Sangley Point, Cavite City.

Philippine Navy photo

The ships are BRP Pangasinan (PS31), BRP Quezon (PS70), BRP Emilio Liwanag (PC118), and BRP Salvador Abcede (PC114).

BRP Pangasinan (PS-70) is a former US Navy patrol craft escort built in 1943 and turned over to the country in 1948.

BRP Quezon (PS-70) is a former Auk-class minesweeper of the US Navy constructed during World War II and transferred to the Philippine Navy in 1967.

BRP Salvador Abcede (PC-114) and BRP Emilio Liwanag (PC-118) are Tomas Batilo-class patrol crafts transferred to Philippine Navy from South Korea.

“These ships have already served our nation more than enough and are now too costly to maintain,” Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo has said.

He noted that the Philippine Navy is phasing out these ships so that the Navy can “devote more resources to our newly-acquired ships”.

“We have to allocate our meager budget to maintain our more modern warships,” Bacordo said.