12 Oktober 2016
BRP Andres Bonifacio PF-17 (photo : PN)
The second batch crew of BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) has arrived to United States October 7. BRP Andres Bonifacio is the third Hamilton-class cutter to be commissioned in Philippine Navy (PN) service. According to the official social networking account of created for BRP Andres Bonifacio, “in a few weeks time” the crew together with BRP Andres Bonifacio will be leaving the United States Coast Guard Alameda port in California and sail back home.
BRP Andres Bonifacio has a crew of 80 officers and naval personnel. She is expected to leave the US for her voyage home by first week of November.
Navy spokesperson Captain Lued Lincuna said the ship is expected to be in the Philippines by second week of December.
“She will pass by Hawaii and Guam for refueling and provisioning [before heading to the Philippines],” he added.
The USCGC Boutwell was retired from US Coast Guard service last March 16 and handed to the PN last July 21 (American time).