“I think the South Korean government is thinking of donating two more of this Pohang-class,” National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on August 20 during the welcome ceremony for BRP Conrado Yap (PS39) and 300-man Philippine contingent aboard BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602).
BRP Conrado Yap is a former Pohang-class corvette donated by South Korea.
BRP Davao Del Sur participated in Russian Navy Day celebration in Vladivostok, Russia and passed by South Korea to sail with BRP Conrado Yap to Philippines.
“Regarded as the PN’s “most powerful ship” to date, BRP Conrado Yap will certainly provide significant boost to the PN’s capability in patrolling and safeguarding our maritime nation and territorial limits,” the Philippine Navy said.
“It will also serve as transition platform in empowering and upgrading our sailors’ knowledge and skills in handling such high-level and advanced equipment/vessel especially with the impending delivery of modern frigates in the next two years,” it added.