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Philippine Navy welcomes Po Hang-class corvette home

22 August 2019

BRP Conrado Yap, seen here in Manila as it docks for a welcoming ceremony. Source: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Key Points

  • The Philippine Navy's ex-South Korean Po Hang-class corvette has arrived in Manila
  • Vessel will transition the service over to its new anti-submarine warfare-capable José Rizal-class frigates

The vessel, which is now in service as BRP Conrado Yap , was commissioned at its handover ceremony in Jinhae, South Korea, on 5 August, and arrived in Manila on 18 August.

It was previously in service with the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant of the Po Hang-class, Chung Ju, and retired in December 2016.

Subsequently, an intergovernmental agreement to transfer the corvette to the Philippine Navy was made in 2017.

Prior to its transfer, the vessel was equipped with additional air-conditioning compressor units on its superstructure to improve crew habitability and had installed new cranes that can deploy larger rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs).

Conrado Yap is equipped with two Oto Melara 76 mm naval guns, and four (two twins) 40 mm cannons, equally distributed between its forward and aft sections.

The vessel is also armed with six (two triple) 324 mm torpedo tubes, located on the port and starboard sides and racks for up to 12 depth charges.

The corvette has been assigned to the Philippine Navy's Offshore Combat Force and will take on ASW patrols in the country's territorial waters, and exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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