BRP Conrado Yap (PS39) and BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) will be sailing to together and hold naval maneuvers en route to Manila from South Korea.
BRP Conrado Yap is a former Pohang-class corvette donated by the South Korean government. She departed from Jinhae Naval Base on August 12.
BRP Davao Del Sur participated in Russian Navy Day celebration and passed by Korea to sail with BRP Conrado Yap. She departed Jinhae Naval Base today, August 13.
“They are expected to arrive in Manila in less than a week and will be welcomed by a Philippine Navy (PN) ship at the vicinity of Manila Bay. The PN will then render arrival honors for the two vessels to be led by the Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana,” the Navy said.
“PS39 is now under the control of its more than a hundred maiden crew led by the Commanding Officer, Capt. Marco Buena, who underwent 13 weeks of necessary operational and warfare trainings in South Korea,” it added.
“As BRP Conrado Yap sails to its new home, the Philippines, the PN’s intent of having a beefed-up frontline defense in safeguarding our maritime nation and enhanced Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities are now nearing realization. Likewise, LD602’s journey further attested that the PN is now capable of sustaining operations across the deep waters of open oceans,” the Navy said.