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US Government to turnover USGC Hamilton to Philippine Navy

By: LTCOL OMAR L TONSAY PN(M)(GSC)


The USGC Hamilton, a Weather High Endurance Cutter (WHEC) vessel which the Philippine Government purchased from the United States will be officially turned over to the Philippine Navy on May 13, 2011 (Manila time zone) in Alameda, California.
The WHEC is currently docked at the US Coast Guard facility in Alameda, California where the turnover ceremony will be held. The maiden crew of the WHEC who are from the Philippine Fleet are in the Alameda US Coast Guard facility undergoing familiarization training onboard the vessel. They will sail her across the Pacific for the Philippines on August this year.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Jose Cauisia Jr. will receive the vessel on behalf of the Philippine Navy during the ceremony, while Navy Captain Antonio Habulan, the Philippine Military Attache based in Washington will represent the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The Hamilton is 378 feet long and 42 feet wide, the largest ever built for the US Coast Guard. It is powered by two diesel engines and two gas turbines. The gas turbines are made up of 1,800 horsepower engines that can propel the vessel up to a speed of 28 knots, while the two 3,500 horsepower diesel engines that can take her to a speed of 17 knots without refueling for 9,600 nautical miles.
The vessel will be the largest in the inventory of the Philippine Navy and will be deployed to patrol Philippine territorial waters and the Exclusive Economic Zone.
The Cutter is armed with a 76mm gun mount controlled by an MK92 Fire Control System. She was designed to undertake long range search and rescue operations, oceanographic research and law enforcement - defense operations. It has a hangar and a flight deck capable of handling helicopter operations.
She will be manned by her maiden crew composed of the Skipper, Captain Alberto Cruz, Executive Officer Commander Reynaldo Lopez, Lieutenants Marvin Cornejo, Randy Blantucas, Dennis Donga, Robert Baylon, Lieutenant Junior Grade Lotis Gonzales, Ensign Andrelee Mojica, Engineman Chief Francisco Sombrero, Engineman First Gerry Somberano, Engineman Second, Victor Evangelista, Machinist Mate Second Class Ricardo Ulamino, Electricians Mate Second Ferdinand Alvarez, John Nebre, Joselito Peji, Damage Control Second Class Neil Flotildes, Aviation Machinist Third Class Gilproscano Camposo, Electricians Mate Third Class Geovanie Baylon, Electician Mate Third Class Isagani Zacarias, Fireman First Engineman Thomas Aguillana and Fireman First Electricians Mate Erwin Malabanan.
The crew departed for the US on February 25, 2011 to familiarize themselves on the operations of the WHEC, while the second batch of composed of 74 crew will depart for the US on May 14, 2011 for their shipboard training.
  Posted: May-12-2011
 

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