Philippine Navy’s oldest fighting ship retires

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The oldest fighting ship of the Philippine Navy (PN), BRP Cebu (PS28), has retired from the naval service in a decommissioning ceremony held at Captain Salvo Pier, Naval Base Cavite on Tuesday, October 1.

PS28 rendered 71 years of credible service to the PN and our maritime nation.

BRP Cebu was a patrol ship of the Philippine Navy originally built as USS PCE-881, a warship for the United States Navy during World War II. It was transferred to the PN in July 1948 and renamed as RPS CEBU (E-28) after the Philippine province of the same name.

BRP Cebu, along with other World War II-ERA ships of the PN, was considered as among the oldest active fighting ships in the world today.

Its notable accomplishment was the conduct of search and rescue operations to the MV Princess of the Stars of Sulpicio Lines, which capsized off the coast of San Fernando, Romblon at the height of typhoon Frank on June 22, 2008.

The commander of Philippine Fleet, Rear Adm. Giovanni Carlo J. Bacordo presided the ceremony. In his remarks, Rear Admiral Bacordo expressed sadness in “her decommissioning, but we are happy because of her decommissioning we will be able to accommodate newer platforms for the Philippine Navy.”

He concluded by underscoring the importance of resting older ships in our inventory to give way for new platforms as the PN continues pursuing modernization. PHILIPPINE NAVY