The BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), one of the country’s most modern warships, will help secure delegates in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting on Nov. 17 to 20.
The former Hamilton-class cutter will help the Coast Guard implement its no-sail policy in Manila Bay which is behind the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, the venue of the meet.
As of this posting, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz is conducting security patrols off Manila Bay.
The ship, which is equipped with a brand-new Agusta Westland AW-109 “Power” helicopter, can act as command-and-control vessel in event of emergencies.
With its helicopter, the ship can respond in minutes should anything untoward happen.
The 3,200-ton frigate can also be used as an evacuation center if needed.
It is also armed with a Oto Melara 76mm cannon and two Mark 38 Model 2 “Bushmaster” 25 auto-cannons, giving it the capability to deal with hostile threats.
Its 76mm cannon can engage targets up to 20 kilometers while its 25mm weapons has an effective range of two kilometers.
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