BRP Andrés Bonifacio during Exercise RIMPAC 2018 sea phase.
|Launched:||17 June 1967|
|Decommissioned:||16 March 2016|
|Fate:||transferred to Philippine Navy.|
|Name:||BRP Andrés Bonifacio|
|Namesake:||Andrés Bonifacio (1863–1897), revolutionary and founder of the Katipunan movement|
|Acquired:||21 July 2016|
|Commissioned:||21 July 2016|
|Motto:||Semper Paratus (Always Ready)|
|Status:||In active service|
|Class and type:||Gregorio del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessel|
|Displacement:||3,250 tons, probably less due to removal of several weapons & sensors system|
|Length:||378 ft (115 m)|
|Beam:||43 ft (13 m)|
|Draft:||8.75 ft (2.67 m)|
|Speed:||29 knots (54 km/h)|
|Range:||14,000 nautical miles (25,900 km)|
|Boats & landing |
|2 × RHIB|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|2 × Mk.36 Super Rapid Blooming Offboard Countermeasures (SRBOC) Chaff and Decoy Launching System|
|Aircraft carried:||1 × AgustaWestland AW109EPower naval helicopter|
|Aviation facilities:||retractable hangar and flight deck|
BRP Andrés Bonifacio (PS-17) is an offshore patrol vessel of the Philippine Navy and the third Gregorio del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessel in commission. She is the second ship of the Philippine Navy to be named after Andrés Bonifacio, a Filipino revolutionary leader, regarded as the "Father of the Philippine Revolution" and one of the most influential national heroes of the Philippines.
The ship was designed with a high level of habitability and provides fairly comfortable accommodations, including air conditioning.
The Andres Bonifacio employs the shipboard application of aircraft gas turbine jet engines with the use of controllable pitch propellers. She is equipped with two 18,000 horsepower (13,000 kW) Pratt & Whitney gas turbines and can propel the ship at speeds up to 28 knots (52 km/h). Ramon Alcaraz also has two 3,500 horsepower (2,600 kW) Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, capable of driving the ship economically at 17 knots (31 km/h) for up to 14,400 nautical miles (26,700 km) without refueling. A retractable/rotatable bow propulsion unit provides manoeuvrability in tight situations.
Prior to turn-over to the Philippine Navy, the ship was armed with a Mk.75 Oto Melara 76mm/62cal Compact main gun, two Mk.38 25 mm Bushmaster chain guns at midships, and a Phalanx CIWS system aft. The CIWS and chain guns were removed prior to its turn-over, with the Mk.75 gun remaining.
Andres Bonifacio has a flight deck and hangar capable of handling helicopters.
The Philippine Navy uses the AgustaWestland AW109E Power naval helicopter as its standard helicopter for the entire class.
The Philippine Navy plans to modernize the entire ship of the class, with an initial program to upgrade the ship's sensors, and another program to improve its weapon systems.
Several systems were acquired through US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Foreign Military Financing (FMF), which includes the BAE Systems Mk. 38 Mod. 2 machine gun system, the SAAB AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe AMB 3D air/surface search radar, and the FLIR Systems SeaFLIR 230 Electro-Optical/Infra-Red Camera.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Navy will launch a program to acquire, install and integrate several other sensors into the ship, as part of the Horizon 2 phase of the Revised AFP Modernization Program. Among those to be acquired are new Combat Management System (CMS), Hull Mounted Sonar (HMS), and a Radar Electronic Support Measures (R-ESM).
Future upgrades are planned to install defensive and offensive missile systems and torpedo launchers, although funding is still being secured and might only be included in the next phase of the Navy's moderization program.
From 1967–2016 the ship was a Hamilton-class high endurance cutter of the United States Coast Guard that was named USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719). The U.S. decommissioned the cutter in early 2016 and the Philippines acquired it under the Excess Defense Articles and the Foreign Assistance Act.
The frigate was formally received by the Philippine Navy on July 21, 2016, and commissioned to service on the same day at the USCG base at Alameda, California. She arrived in Manila on December 9, 2016 after port visit in Guam on December 5, 2016.
The BRP Andres Bonifacio was sent to Malaysia for its first international deployment as a Philippine Navy ship, to be the Philippines' representative in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2017 (LIMA 2017) from March 21 to 26, 2017. The ship also had a port call at the Lumut Naval Base in Perak, Malaysia and conducted joint exercises with the Royal Malaysian Navy, before docking at Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia for a goodwill visit from March 30 to April 3, 2017.
From June to early August 2018, the ship participated in the Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 together with the BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) Landing Platform Dock. This is the first time that the Philippine Navy sent ships to the world's largest International Maritime Exercise which is held in Hawaii during even numbered years. Among the events the ship participated at RIMPAC were:
In April 2019, the BRP Andres Bonifacio had an unplanned encounter at sea with the Wu Chang (FFG-1205) Frigate of the Taiwanese Navy near the Mavulis Island in Batanes. The two ships implemented the Naval Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) during the encounter. The Wu Chang was monitoring the activity at Mavulis while the BRP Bonifacio was on its way to South Korea.
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