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Philippines awaits new cutter and frigates

26th July 2016 - 05:47 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


Documents were signed at Coast Guard Base Alameda, California on 21 July to hand over a decommissioned Hamilton-class cutter to the Philippine Navy (PN). 

Boutwell is the third high-endurance cutter to be signed over to the PN under the US excess defense articles (EDA) programme. Under its new flag the ship will be known as BRP Andres Bonifacio.

RAdm Joseph Vojvodich, the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) chief acquisition officer, said at the ceremony: ‘The Coast Guard is saddened that this cutter is no longer with our fleet, but we are also proud to send it on a new

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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