The Philippine Navy’s third Hamilton-class cutter, which has been named BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), is scheduled to sail to the country on November 1.
The ship and its Filipino crew is currently docked at the US Coast Guard Base in Alameda, California where they are undergoing training on the various systems of the vessel.
These include damage control, gunnery training and emergency drills and evacuation.
The CGC Boutwell was retired from US Coast Guard service on March 16 and was handed to the Philippine Navy in July.
She will be the third Hamilton-class cutter in the Philippine Navy after the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), which were acquired in 2011 and 2013, respectively.
Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said the BRP Andres Bonifacio has a crew of 80 officers and enlisted personnel.
Lincuna said the ship is expected to be in the Philippines by second week of December.
“She will pass by Hawaii and Guam for refueling and provisioning before heading to the Philippines,” he added.
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