Philippines prepares for delivery of Pohang-class corvette

The PN crew in South Korea, with the future BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) behind them. Photo c/o Philippine Navy 

The Philippine Navy (PN) is preparing for the eventual transfer of a Pohang-class corvette provided by the South Korean government.

The PN confirmed that the ship is expected to be handed-over to them in June 2019, and the arriving in the Philippines by early July 2019. It would be serving with the PN's Offshore Combat Force.

The intended crew of the ship, which will be named BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) once officially commissioned with the PN, are already undergoing shore and at sea training with the help of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN).

PN leaders led by its Flag Officer in Command Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad visited the ship and crew at ROKN's Busan Naval Base at the sidelines of the launching of the PN's future frigate in Ulsan, South Korea.

The ship, a Pohang-class Flight III combat corvette, was previously known in ROKN service as the ROKS Chungju (PCC-762).

It is currently armed with two (2) Oto Melara 76/62 Compact naval guns, two (2) Otobreda 40mm twin guns, two (2) triple lightweight torpedo launchers, several 12.7mm heavy machine guns, a two depth charge racks. 

It also has a space for a Simbad launcher for the MBDA Mistral or LIGNex1 Chiron VSHORAD missile system. The ROKN removed the Simbad launcher for use on other ships.

[1] GMA News
[2] CNN Philippines
[3] MaxDefense Philippines

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