In Photos - The BRP Andres Bonifacio off the Coast of Palawan

The current capital ships of the Philippine Navy comes either with the largest ones such as the Tarlac-class Landing Platform Docks or the largest combatant-oriented ones such as the Del Pilar-class ships that are being proposed on changing its naval designation from a frigate to offshore patrol vessel given its current capabilities on firepower (FF to PS). While there are many times that the Del Pilar ships which were the former U.S. Coast Guard cutters discussed on this website, this article will be focused more on the third ship under the class together with the corresponding images and videos compiled together as all of these things were provided all throughout by our Main PDA Data Source in which actual camera gadgetry is used to scoop up the visual content.

One of the photos captured the ship's deployment in the area.

The main combat mainstay of the Philippine Navy consists of Rizal and Malvar-class Corvettes which are both World War 2 vessels, the Jose Rizal-class Frigates being built in South Korea, the incoming Pohang-class corvette in the form of BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) and the Del Pilar-class Frigates wherein the BRP Andres Bonifacio belonged to that category.

Named after the revolutionary, the BRP Andres Bonifacio is the third of its class of ex-Hamilton-class cutters of the United States Coast Guard that were provided to the Philippine Navy under the Excess Defense Articles and Foreign Assistance Act. Being the former USCGC Boutwell, the BRP Andres Bonifacio already provide its capability in service wherein at the present date, this ship is being deployed on different parts of the country where it is continuously providing a bit of defense it provides as well as the presence needed that signifies its desire of defending the country regardless of its lack of armament that is being addressed through the upgrade that is being made for these class of ships as well as the newer ones like the Jose Rizal-class Frigates that is still currently built in Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea. Apparently, it was reported that it may get reclassified as an Offshore Patrol Vessel or OPV (it was already reclassified, apparently) where it may reduce the number of what is classified as a frigate from three to zero at least until the arrival of the Frigates being built in South Korea. The reasons pointed more to its current capacity as a vessel is carrying the firepower or heavy weapons that will consider it as such. The upgrades it currently undertakes may prevent it from falling down to that category given that its size provides the space for upgrades that will render it a more capable asset in carrying out a combat-related kind of task.

While those current events about the ships is something with regards to the role and capabilities of these former Coast Guard cutters now serving as part of the Philippine Navy fleet, the images we will provide in this article shows the symbol of the nation's desire of protecting the country even in a way that it still lacks the heavy weapons it needs that may be provided later on.


Here are the images and film media that were captured in association with the BRP Andres Bonifacio that was deployed in a known attraction in Palawan at the time when the data was gathered through the use of a camera. The ship's sight from the surrounding as well as the setting is astounding on its own worth, giving a nice addition on the view in a way that they also provide a bit of security in the area.
A ship can be seen on the horizon, at a beach filled with tourists.

In the first photo, the BRP Andres Bonifacio can be seen from afar along with the islands that consist of the setting of the shoreline where the ship's shape and design reflect from a sun setting scenery. Take note that this was taken from a sandy shore that obtained the number of tourists from different nations.
The crimson color of the sunset makes the shape of the ship a bit clearer.

In the next photo, the sun setting on the horizon makes the backdrop clearer for the ship's shape especially its superstructure and its array towers where the radars are fitted. If this was taken from a more sophisticated camera, it will make the scenery more appalling in a way that the ship provides a nice addition aside from its intended role of protecting the country's waters.
This image was shot on board a boat.

This image was provided on the following day, on board a small vessel while traveling to another island that was being visited also by tourists. The BRP Andres Bonifacio can be seen afar, and the following photos that will be provided here will get the closer shot of the ship until it was reached on the point that the closest shot possible was captured in-camera.
The ship's detail gets clearer as the vessel gets closer - in clear weather.
The bow section of the ship is seen, with details of the bridge
and its radar mast, as well as the Fire Control Radar, can clearly be seen in detail.

As seen here, the craft that the photographer gathered about the vessel passed to its bow section or the front of the ship wherein its shape from the front, from the bridge up to the mast, can be seen clearly. The following photographs that will be posting here will be the nearest one that we can provide where the ship and its shape against the background gets detailed.

The clearest thing we can get in gathering the photos of the ship.
To take note, folks, the horizon at the background of the ship is already the West Philippine Sea where the Kalayaan Island Group is situated, currently facing threats coming from the Chinese Maritime Militias and Coast Guard vessels wherein, as far as Filipino fishermen are concerned, are not favoring them as these elements keep them from getting their livelihood that is a necessity to keep feeding their families. 

As time progress throughout the day, tourism-related activities have been done wherein the enjoyment of being in a summer paradise gets along. It was not until the afternoon where other sets of images are provided on still, a similar vessel that was deployed on its position since the first images were provided in this article. The following, like the first set of images, are once again puts a nice scenery over the ship as the sun sets by the horizon.

The ship is in the foreground, with an island in the background.

The foreground and the background in the following images show the shade of both the ship and the island as it is against the sun. The ship is still deployed in its area throughout the day which helps capture these remaining images.

The ship's appearance in this part of the country is something that comes with amazement and appreciation that the crew onboard are doing their duties and responsibilities and the vessel is clearly deployed in various places such as the one captured in images where we can see that they are keen on sailing and continuing their duties and responsibilities as mandated to them being the maritime component of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.


The images simply have shown what is usually not being provided at times regarding their whereabouts which at sense define their duties and responsibilities in line with their mandate, wherein there goes the idea that patrolling the waters is for the best interest of the country's maritime setup.

It definitely goes to its role as an Offshore Patrol Vessel wherein it provides presence and ensuring the security of the territorial waters, much in line to the mandate of the Philippine Coast Guard, although the Navy has it more with the military application of showing that the country is ensuring its sovereignty, safety, and peacefulness among the citizenry which in itself is commendable on its own worth. The images provided are something worth showing with regards to their duties in which they are still on that resolve of doing the mandate especially on this particular coast which is at a proximity to the nearest hostile outpost in the West Philippine Sea controlled by China.

Hence, this may go to the necessity for the Philippine Navy to provide more vessels, especially offshore patrol vessels and combatant ones like Frigates and Corvettes which are all slated in various timeline plans of the AFP Modernization Program in its entirety although there are uncertainties as these setups may change from time to time. The point is that here is the resolve for the country to provide more floating naval assets in a way that seeing them on the horizon provided somewhat some peace of mind for the country's maritime security.

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