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Sailing crew of Korea-donated ship to begin training

Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said the sailing crew of the Pohang-class corvette, which was donated by the South Korean government, will be flying to South Korea to start training on the systems of the ship.

Empedrad said the ship is expected to arrive in the Philippines by March or April. The ship is classified as an anti-submarine vessel.

Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Pohang-class corvette will be named after Korean war hero Captain Conrado Yap.

“(The ship will be named after) Capt. Conrado Yap (who) was killed in the Korean War and Awarded the Medal of Valor,” Lorenzana said.

Yap, a member of the 10th Battalion Combat Team, was killed in the Battle of Yultong in April 23, 1951, where he made a counter-attack to secure an exposed Filipino unit led by Lt. Jose Artiaga, then being attacked by superior number of Chinese troops. Both officers were killed in the said battle.

He was also honored by the Philippine Navy by naming an entire class of patrol craft after him in 1993 with the lead craft, the BRP Conrado Yap, and 11 of her sister ships being decommissioned in 2018.

Lorenzana meanwhile clarified that a beaching ramp, not a harbor, is now being constructed in Pagasa Island at the Kalayaan Island Group.

“We are just building a beaching ramp. Later, we will also build a fishermen’s shelter where they can have sanctuary during inclement weather,” he said.#