South Korea to turn over Pohang-class corvette to PH Navy in June

South Korea to turn over Pohang-class corvette to PH Navy in June




The Philippine Navy’s latest acquisition – the Pohang –class corvette, donated by the South Korean government to the country will be formally turned over on the third week of June.
This was announced by the Department of Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong, when pressed for updates.
The Pohang will finish its dry docking and repairs on the second week of June.
South Korea's Pohang class corvette to the Philippine Navy (photo credit to Maxdefense)

"The dry-docking and other related repairs of (the) 'Pohang' corvette are set to be completed in the second week of June, and turnover is estimated to be by the third week of the same month," Andolong said in message to the Philippine News Agency.
The Philippine Navy sailing crew left for Korea last February to begin their training.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the South Korean vessel will be renamed as after Korean War hero and Medal of Valor awardee, Captain Conrado Yap.
Yap, a member of the 10th Battalion Combat Team, was killed in the Battle of Yultong in April 23, 1951 where he made a counter-attack to secure an exposed Filipino unit, led by Lt. Jose Artiaga, then under attack by superior number of Chinese infantry. Both officers were killed in the battle.
The South Korean Pohang-class is a type of general purpose corvette, it was built during the late Cold War and post-Cold War period.
The Pohang corvette ships as per record is armed with a variety of anti-sub, anti-ship, and anti-air weapons with their accompanying sensor gear and are capable of running to speeds up to 32 knots.

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