We have the capability. We have seven capable ships that can go to China, can go to Russia, can go to Hawaii, so if invited by the Russian Federation, we will surely send ships anytime, Navy flag-officer-in-command said.
BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15)
BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) is a frigate of the Philippine Navy and the lead ship of her class. The Frigates was originally designated as “PF-15” from 2011 to 2016 when the PN adopted a new code designation system, re-designating her to “FF-15”.
From 1967–2011 the ship was a Hamilton-class high endurance cutter of the United States Coast Guard that was named USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715). The U.S. decommissioned the cutter on March 28, 2011, and the Philippines acquired it under the Excess Defense Articles, and the Foreign Assistance Act and is one of three ex-US Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutters to serve the Philippine Navy.
As of now, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar Frigates is still undergoing bottom hull repairs. Propellers and related underwater parts are shipped to the US for repairs. While some parts are on repair, the frigates undergo
BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16)
BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) is a frigate in the Philippine Navy and the second ship of the Gregorio del Pilar-class. From 1968 to 2012, she was known as USCGC Dallas and served the United States Coast Guard as a high endurance cutter.
She was decommissioned on 30 March 2012 and acquired by the Philippines under the Excess Defense Articles and the Foreign Assistance Act.
BRP Andrés Bonifacio (FF-17)
BRP Andrés Bonifacio (FF-17) is a frigate of the Philippine Navy and the third Del Pilar-class frigate in commission.
BRP Andrés Bonifacio (FF-17) is a frigate of the Philippine Navy and the third Del Pilar-class frigate in commission. The frigate was formally received by the Philippine Navy on July 21, 2016, and commissioned to service on the same day at the USCG base at Alameda, California. She arrived in Manila on December 9, 2016, after a port visit in Guam on December 5, 2016
These vessels have an overall length of 120 meters, breadth of 21 meters, a draft of five meters and can carry a payload of 2,800 tons. Both have a cruising speed of 13 knots and a maximum speed of 16 knots and a minimum operating range of 7,500 nautical miles.
BRP Davao del Sur
BRP Davao Del Sur is the Navy’s second Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV), following the arrival of the BRP Tarlac in June 2016. The two brand new ships cost the previous Aquino administration P4 billion ($85 million).
Both SSVs can carry 500 troops, two rigid-hull inflatable boats, two landing craft units, and three helicopters.
The Bacolod City class is a ship class of two Logistics Support Vessels currently in service of the Philippine Navy, commissioned during the early 1990s. These ships were based on a helicopter capable variant of the United States Army’s General Frank S. Besson, Jr. class Logistics Support Vessel.
The two Bacolod City-class ships were built by Halter/Moss Point Marine of Escatawpa, in the United States. The first unit, BRP Bacolod City (LC-550) was commissioned into Philippine Navy in December 1993, while sister ship BRP Dagupan City (LC-551)was commissioned in April 1994. Both ships were purchased brand-new by the Philippine government through the Foreign Military Sales program of the United States.
The ships capable of long-distance patrolling and travel in the PN inventory are the three Gregorio del Pilar-class frigates, two Tarlac-class strategic sealift vessels, and the two Bacolod City-class logistic vessels, the Navy officer Added.