Chinese radar gun was pointed at anti-submarine corvette, BRP Conrado Yap

Chinese radar gun was pointed at anti-submarine corvette, BRP Conrado Yap

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) filed 2 diplomatic protests against China’s aggressive and expansive behaviors in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

DFA Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. said the first reason was the pointing of a radar gun on a Philippine Navy Ship inside the Philippine territory and the second reason was the establishments of two districts in the disputed area to be part of the Hainan province in China.

“At 5:17 pm today the Chinese embassy received 2 diplomatic protests: 1. on the pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship in PH waters & 2. declaring parts of Philippine territory as part of Hainan province—both violations of international law & Philippine sovereignty,” Locsin said in a Twitter post.
The BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39)
(photo credit to owner)

“China created Nansha district under the jurisdiction of Sansha City, [akin] to something we already protested in 2012. Old hat but bears repeating the protest,” Locsin added.

BRP Conrado Yap

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana released a statement regarding the pointing of Chinese radar gun at BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39), a former Pohang-class corvette donated by South Korea, after DFA Secretary Locsin said diplomatic protests were sent to the Chinese Embassy in Manila April 22.

“I have instructed the Philippine Navy to give me a detailed briefing on the incident. As announced by Secretary Locsin, the Department of Foreign Affairs filed a diplomatic protest which was received by the Chinese embassy today, 22 April,” Secretary Lorenzana said in a statement.
Secretary Locsin said that on April 22 at 5:17 pm, the Philippines sent diplomatic protests to the Chinese embassy.

BRP Conrado Yap is the lone Philippine Navy ship that has anti-submarine capabilities, it is armed with two 76mm Oto Melara automatic guns, two Oto Breda 40mm light cannons, depth-charge racks, and two triple torpedo tubes and surveillance systems like radar and sonar.

The inclusion of the anti-submarine corvette made its mark in Philippine naval history when last January it reported to have detected a submarine off the waters in Palawan. Such a milestone is a first, after the decommissioning of anti-submarine assets in the early 1950’s or 1960’s.

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