BRP Conrado Yap most heavily-armed PH Navy unit

BRP Conrado Yap most heavily-armed PH Navy unit

This change is more than welcome, at long last for the Philippine Navy.
BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39), the former South Korean "Pohang"-class corvette "Chungju" is finally home, and it has the distinction of being the most heavily-armed and powerful surface combatant of the Philippine Navy (PN) to date.

The newest vessel in the Philippine fleet is armed with two 76mm Oto Melara automatic guns, two Oto Breda 40mm light cannons, and two triple torpedo tubes, making it capable of dealing with surface, sub-surface and air threats, according to Philippine Fleet commander, Rear Admiral Giovanni Bacordo.

BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39)
(photo credit to PNA)

The coming of the BRP Conrado Yap is a big boost to the PN’s lacking or non-existing anti-submarine capabilities, which were activated by the arrival of the two AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 anti-submarine helicopters last May.

BRP Conrado Yap will be installed additional systems before it will be sent for patrol missions to allow it to communicate with other PN vessels.

BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) accompanied BRP Conrado Yap on its voyage, arrived in Manila South Harbor early Sunday morning. Both left Jinhae Naval Base in Changwon City, South Korea last August 12.

The corvette measures 88.3 meters long, with a beam of 10 meters and draft of 2.9 meters with displacement at 1,216 tons full load and is rated for a crew of 118 personnel and can sustain operational presence for 20 days.

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Report from PNA

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