01 September 2016
BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (photo : SeaWaves)
The remaining officers and enlisted personnel tasked to man the country’s latest frigate, the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), is scheduled to leave for Alameda, California by the third week of September.
“The remaining crew will depart on the third week of September from the Philippines to (join their fellow crew members) in Alameda, California,” Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in a message to the PNA Wednesday, said .
The BRP Andres Bonifacio, ex USCG Boutwell, has a crew of around 100 officers and enlisted men.
The first half are already in Alameda, California and conducting departmental and practical training on machineries, fire control system, deck landing and training on navigational equipment for the safe operation of the ship, Lincuna added.
The USCGC Boutwell was retired last March 16 and handed to the PN last July 21 (American time).
She will be the third Hamilton class cutter in PN service after the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) which were acquired in 2011 and 2013, respectively.