BRP Gregorio del Pilar heads to Subic port after salvaging
The Philippine Navy frigate BRP Gregorio del Pilar will be brought to the port of Subic in Olongapo City after it was refloated from Hasa-Hasa Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, a military official said.
Navy chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said a “thorough, comprehensive investigation” will be conducted regarding the ship’s grounding last week in Hasa-Hasa Shoal once it arrives in Subic on Friday.
The frigate, which the Philippines acquired from the United States a few years back, is being towed by a tugboat after it was refloated last Monday night.
Empedrad said there was a minor flooding inside the ship while being towed, but was promptly addressed by its crew.
He said the propeller was also detached as a result of the grounding last Aug. 29, rendering the ship non-operational.
“Anyway, it is due for repair. (So, the incident) just fast tracked the schedule. Once it arrives Subic, it will be scheduled for repair at the shipyard,” Empedrad said.
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