PH Navy decommissions 2 World War 2 “Legacy” ships after 44 years in service

PH Navy decommissions 2 World War 2 “Legacy” ships after 44 years in service


The Philippine Navy (PN) decommissions two World War II or Legacy ships after years of distinguished service for the country.

BRP Miguel Malvar (PS19) and BRP Magat Salamat (PS20) of the Philippine Fleet has been decommissioned last December 10, 2021 at Captain Salvo Pier, Naval Base Heracleo Alano. The joint ceremony was presided by the Flag Officer In Command, Vice Adm. Adeluis S Bordado PN assisted by the Commander, Philippine Fleet, Rear Adm. Alberto B Carlos PN. Also in attendance were former Commanding Officers of PS19 and PS20.

“As we obtain and plan for more advanced assets in the coming years, it is essential that we remember our obligation, not only the necessity, but the obligation to modernize the mindsets of our personnel. Modern vessels demand personnel who possess adequate and competent training in maneuvering and maintaining our new vessels,” Vice Adm. Bordado said.


The Philippine Navy on Friday decommissioned the WW2 era ships BRP Miguel Malvar and BRP Magat Salamat, among world’s oldest warships (ABS-CBN photo)

“Again, along with the Officers and Sailors who boarded these vessels, I thank BRP MIGUEL MALVAR (PS19) and BRP MAGAT SALAMAT (PS20) for their outstanding contribution to the defense of the Filipino nation,” he added.


Fleet Commander, Rear Adm. Carlos also said in his remarks, “Both vessels are considered as the oldest active fighting ships in the world and I give credit to the officers and men, past and present, for their resilience and diligence in keeping both vessels in operationally-ready condition throughout the years of serving and protecting the Filipino people."


BRP Miguel Malvar (PS-19) was the lead ship of its class of corvettes in the Philippine Navy. She was named after the last Filipino revolutionary general who surrendered to the Americans during the Philippine-American War. Meanwhile, Magat Salamat was the Datu of Tondo in the late 16th century and was one of the sons of Rajah Lakandula, a native ruler of Tondok (a large part of which is now Tondo, Manila), who fought Spaniards during the early years of Spanish colonization of the Philippines.

BRP Miguel Malvar (PS19) and BRP Magat Salamat (PS20) of the Philippine Fleet
(photo credit to owner)

The retirement of the Legacy ships is pursuant to the PN’s paving the way for the incoming platforms as per the Armed Forces of the Philippines modernization program.

Among the world's oldest warships, BRP Miguel Malvar and BRP Magat Salamat were originally built for the United States Navy during World War 2 in the 1940s but were acquired by the country in April 1976 through Vietnam, where these were first reused for a decade.

The two ships were at sea for 77 years in total, 44 years (and 10 months) of which was in service for Philippines following the fall of Saigon.









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