identifies 2 ships to be given to the Philippines
MANILA, Nov. 18 (PNA) -- The White House has identified the two ships US
President Barack Obama has pledged to donate to the Philippine Navy
his visit to the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) Tuesday.
These ships are the high-endurance US Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell and
research vessel, R/V Melville.
The USCGC Boutwell is the sister ship of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar
(formerly the USCGC Hamilton) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (the ex-USCGC
The former is the third ship of the Hamilton class cutters.
"This will provide the Philippines the ability to maintain greater
maritime presence and patrols throughout its EEZ. We are also in the
transferring the research vessel R/V Melville to support naval research
and law enforcement capabilities," it added.
The Philippines remains the largest recipient of maritime security
assistance, and will receive a record USD79 million in bilateral
assistance of the FY
2015 funds allocated for developing Southeast Asian maritime
This assistance is largely focused on building the training and
logistical base for expanding the Philippine Navy, Coast Guard, and Air
Forces’ ability to
conduct operations within waters off the Philippines' coasts.
"We are assisting with naval maintenance capacity building as well as
providing interdiction vessels, naval fleet upgrades, communications
aircraft procurement," the White House said.
The US also vowed to continue to support the National Coast Watch System
and assist the Philippines through the Global Security Contingency Fund
building capacity in Philippine maritime vessel maintenance, training,
law enforcement support, and intelligence assistance to expand the
ability to detect, track, and interdict where necessary criminal and
terrorist elements involved in the smuggling of sensitive items and