The Philippine Navy’s BRP Conrado Yap (PS39), a former Pohang-class corvette donated by South Korea, is now sailing home to Philippines. She left Jinhae Naval Base in Changwon City, South Korea on August 12.
She was formally turned over to Philippine Navy on August 5 and was then commissioned to Philippine Navy service.
Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command 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.”
The Navy said BRP Conrado Yap will beef up the front line defense in safeguarding the country’s maritime nation and territorial limits and greatly enhance Philippine Fleet’s Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities.
“It will also serve as platform in empowering and upgrading our soldiers’ knowledge and skills in handling such high-level and advanced equipment/vessel,” it added.