BRP Conrado Yap now en route to Manila

BRP Conrado Yap now en route to Manila

The newest surface asset of the Philippine Navy is on his way home.

The former South Korean Pohang-class corvette, the "Chungju", now known as BRP Conrado Yap is nearing home.

Lt. Cmdr. Maria Christina A. Roxas, acting Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson, said the ship and its crew left Pier 7 of Jinhae Naval Base in Changwon City, South Korea in the afternoon of August 12.

BRP Corado Yap (photo by PN)

The BRP Conrado Yap, is now under the command of Capt. Marco Buena and is being manned by more than 100 crew who underwent 13 weeks of operational and warfare training in South Korea.
"The ex-Pohang-class corvette will meet BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) at sea for a group sail and conduct naval maneuvers while en route to Manila.
The BRP Conrado Yap is expected to arrive in Manila in less than a week and will be welcomed by a PN ship at the vicinity of Manila Bay.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, will lead the Navy as it will render arrival honors for the two ships.
The Philippine Navy will now have its most powerful ship in the current fleet inventory.
The BRP Conrado Yap measures 88.3 meters long, with a beam of 10 meters and a 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.
The anti-submarine corvette is armed with two Oto Melara 76mm main guns, a 30mm automatic cannon, anti-submarine torpedoes and variety of sensors, including sonars, and radars. It uses combined diesel or gas (CODOG) propulsion configuration of motor transport unit (MTU) diesel engines and LM2500 gas turbine with controllable pitch propellers (CPP) enables it to attain maximum speed of 25 knots  to a distance of 4,000 nautical miles.

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Report from PNA

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