Welcome ceremonies for BRP Conrado Yap set Tuesday

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The Philippine Navy (PN) will hold arrival and welcoming ceremonies for the BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39), the latest addition to its fleet, at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor, Tuesday afternoon.

This was disclosed by acting PN public affairs office chief Lt. Cmdr. Maria Christina A. Roxas in a message forwarded to reporters Sunday.

The BRP Conrado Yap (ex-South Korean ‘Pohang-class corvette, ‘Chungju’, will be welcomed, along with strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), which escorted the former to Manila from Jinhae Naval Base, Changwon City since their departure there last August 12.

Prior to assuming its escort role, the BRP Davao Del Sur participated in Russian Navy Day activities off Vladivostok, Russia last July 28, arriving in South Korea early this month.

Roxas said the BRP Conrado Yap is manned by 100 naval personnel, headed by Captain Marco Buena. Prior to its departure, the ship and its crew underwent 13 weeks of operational and warfare training in South Korea.

Expected to grace the arrival ceremonies are Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and other ranking military officials.

The arrival of the BRP Conrado Yap will boost the PN’s anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.

The corvette was formally turned over to the PN last August 5.

The ship measures 88.3 meters long, with a beam of 10 meters and a draft of 2.9 meters with displacement at 1,216 tons full load and is rated for a crew of 118 personnel and can sustain operational presence for 20 days.

BRP Conrado Yap’s combined diesel or gas (CODOG) propulsion configuration of motor transport unit (MTU) diesel engines and LM2500 gas turbine with controllable pitch propellers (CPP) enable the ship to move to a maximum speed of 25 knots to a distance of 4,000 nautical miles.

The naval vessel is armed with two Oto Melara 76mm Oto Melara main guns, 40mm automatic cannons, anti-submarine torpedoes and surveillance devices like radar and sonar. PNA