The Philippine Navy’s BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39), a former South Korean Pohang-class corvette, is now in Manila South Harbor. Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said that BRP Conrado Yap arrived morning of August 18.
However, arrival and welcome ceremonies will be held on August 20 which will be attended by National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
The arrival of the said warship boosts the Navy’s anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
BRP Conrado Yap departed Jinhae Naval Base in Changwon City, South Korea on August 12. She was commissioned to Philippine Navy Service on August 5.
“The namesake aims to uphold the legacy of a gallant Filipino military leader who served in the Korean War as part of the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea, Conrado Yap, a captain in the Philippine Army and considered as the most decorated Filipino soldier during the Korean War,” the Navy said.
Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said during the handover and commissioning ceremony of BRP Conrado Yap that the donated corvette “will always be in ship shape condition and shall defend our country’s maritime waters with same valor as displayed by our hero Capt. Conrado Yap 68 years ago.”