Guam – The Philipine Navy’s second warship, the BRP Alcaraz, arrived at Naval Base Guam Saturday.
Philippine Consul General Bayani Mangibin along with members of Guam’s Filipino community welcomed the 378-foot long cutter at a ceremony this morning.
The Alcaraz is the second Hamilton-class cutter acquired by the Philippines under the Excess Defense Assistance Program with the U.S. It is a decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter that was refurbished in Charleston, South Carolina. It was originally commissioned in 1968 and served in the U.S. Coast Guard as the USCGC Dallas.
The Alcaraz left San Diego July 8th, stopped in Hawaii, now Guam, and is due to arrive at Subic Bay in the Philippines August 4th. It left Guam Sunday afternoon.
The Alcaraz is named after Filipino naval Commodore Ramon Alcaraz, who shot down three Japanese fighters in World War II that were attacking his ship.
[BRP Alcaraz at Naval Base Guam Saturday July 27]