PHL's most modern warship delights tourists attending Pangasinan Pista'y Dayat
April 29, 2013 11:42 pm
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, April 29 — The Pista'y Dayat (Sea Festival) in Pangasinan has an added attraction with the arrival in the Lingayen Gulf of BRP Gregorio del Pilar, the most modern warship of the Philippines.
Moored some three nautical miles from Lingayen shore, BRP Lingayen has opened its door to visitors who can board a rubber boat from the shore for a 25-minute ride toward the warship.
Commodore Nodolfo Tejada, the highest navy officer aboard the warship, said BRP Gregorio del Pilar has a compliment of 15 officers and 150 enlisted personnel.
BRP Gregorio del Pilar will welcome visitors for a guided tour inside the ship till Thursday.
The warship, bought by the Philippine government from the United States in 2011 for P450 million, conducts seaborne patrol in the eastern and western seaboards of the country, including the Panatag Island and the Spratlys.
BRP Gregorio del Pilar is a frigate and the lead ship of the Philippine Navy. Its big gun can fire 18 rounds per minute.
The warship, which used to be owned by the U.S. Coast Guard, is 350 feet long and weighs 10,300 tons.
Commodore Tejada said the ship is capable of performing its mission of patrolling the country's exclusive economic zone (PNA)