Gregorio Del Pilar maglalayag muli makalipas ang 4 taong Hasa-Hasa mishap

Gregorio Del Pilar maglalayag muli makalipas ang 4 taong Hasa-Hasa mishap

September 20, 2022 @ 8:19 AM 5 days ago


MANILA, Philippines – Inanunsyo ng Philippine Navy (PN) na handa nang maglayag at gawin ang misyon ng kanilang offshore patrol vessel na BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-19) matapos ang apat na taon na nakadaong sa Hasa-Hasa Shoal.

“PN patrol ship, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) is now ready to set sail after years of collective efforts to bring back her operational readiness when she experienced a sea mishap way back August 29, 2018, while conducting a maritime patrol on the West Philippine Sea,” ayon kay Navy spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza.

Aniya, sumailalim sa makailang beses na pagkukumpuni at pag-upgrades ang BRP Gregorio Del Pilar upang masiguro na maibabalik ang “seaworthiness” nito para sa maritime operations.

Ang BRP Gregorio Del Pilar ay ang itinuturing na lead ship ng Del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessels na kinabibilangan din ng BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) at BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17).

Ang tatlong sasakyang -dagat ay dating US Coast Guard cutters na nakuha ng Pilipinas mula 2011 hanggang 2016.

“Her propulsion system was successfully restored last August 2022 and performed a series of sea trials and endurance run with satisfactory results. System upgrades were also made, enhancing her capability for Maritime Domain Awareness,” ayon kay Negranza.

Upang matiyak na ang BRP Gregorio Del Pilar ay sea-ready, isinagawa ng Fleet Operation Readiness Training and Evaluation Group ang Operational Readiness Evaluation noong nakaraang Setyembre 12 hanggang 16.

“PS-15 satisfactorily passed all tests. She subsequently upgraded her operational readiness to ready-for-sea status and is now underway to her designated area of operations,” ani Negranza.

“One of the ship’s two variable pitch propellers was damaged, along with its propeller hub, after it ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal in August 2018. Difficulties in procuring parts and the pandemic moved the completion of the repairs of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar to the latter part of 2021,” ayon sa ulat.