PHL to ask US to also turn over some equipment removed from 'USS Hamilton'

April 28, 2012 1:03 am 

MANILA, April 27 – Department of National Defense (DND) undersecretary Honorio Ascueta on Friday confirmed that the Philippines will ask for the return of some of the equipment removed from the USS Hamilton (BRP Gregorio Del Pilar) prior its turnover to the Philippine Navy late last year.

Ascueta made this statement during the sidelights of "Balikatan 2012" closing ceremonies at the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Tejeros Hall in Camp Aguinaldo.

"We will request the United States government for the return of some of the original equipment removed from the USS Hamilton. Aside from that we also try to obtain long-range patrol aircraft and radars from them," he said.

Escueta said that this was one of the topics to be be discussed in Washington by DND Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Department Foreign Affairs and US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday.

Prior the USS Hamilton's turnover to the Philippine government last year, the United States Coast Guard removed its Phalanx close-in-weapon systems, two 25mm Bushmaster chain guns, and some of its sonar and electronic support systems. (PNA) RMA/PFN/utb

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