• ‘Alcaraz’ sails for PH

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    BRP Ramon Alcaraz, the second Hamilton-class cutter decommissioned by the United States Coast Guard and acquired by the Philippine government, arrived at the Guam Naval Base over the weekend.

    Alcaraz arrived 10 days after it left Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will be docked at the Naval Base Guam from July 27 to 28 for refueling and restocking, after which it will sail for Manila.

    It is expected to arrive in early August and will be commissioned to the Philippine Navy by September.

    This Hamilton-class cutter is the second acquisition of the Philippine government under the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty, which sets the provision for Washington to aid Manila in its aim to modernize its armed forces and establish a minimum credible defense posture.

    The Philippines’ plan to modernize its army came on the heels of China’s increasing aggressiveness in its claim of the whole West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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