MANILA, Aug. 27 (Mabuhay) — The BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), the second Hamilton-class cutter in the country’s service, is now in dry-dock, the Philippine Navy (PN) announced on Tuesday.
Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, Navy spokesperson, said that the ship underwent dry-docking last Aug. 16.
He declined to comment on where the frigate is now undergoing repair and maintenance, citing operational security reasons.
“We can’t reveal the exact location of the dry-dock for operational security reasons,” Fabic stressed.
But some sources said that BRP Ramon Alcaraz is now undergoing overhaul at the dry-dock of the Keppel Batangas Shipyard, a major shipcare center in the Philippines servicing international and local shipowners.
Keppel Batangas Shipyard specializes in the repair, conversion and building of various types of vessels as well as the fabrication of marine and industrial structures.
Dry-docking refers to the maintenance procedure where the entire ship is placed in a large basin which is then empty of water so that repair work can be done all over its hull, including those below the waterline.
The PN earlier said that the ship will be put in commission by mid-October.
It added that additional weapons like the two Mark 38 Model 2 25mm “Bushmasters” autocannon and four to six light machine guns will be fitted during the dry-docking period.
The Filipino frigate is presently armed with a quick-firing 76mm Oto Melara main gun which has a range of 20 nautical miles. (MNS)