Updates on newly acquired naval vessel BRP Ramon Alcaraz available on social media, says Palace

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MANILA, July 10 (PNA) -- The Aquino government is updating the public, through social media, regarding the country's newly-acquired Hamilton-class cutter BRP Ramon Alcaraz which is set to arrive in the Philippines from the United States on August 3, a Palace official said on Tuesday.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing in Malacanang that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) had sent three Philippine Navy officers to the United States (US) to join the crew of the BRP Ramon Alcaraz and document its journey from San Diego to the Philippines.

Valte said the team is composed of Commander Gilbert O. Pacio, Navy Lieutenant Marineth Riano Domingo, and Lieutenant Junior Grade Errol N. dela Cruz who are all Public Affairs officers.

In partnership with the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), Valte said the AFP officers will share, through blogs and social media, their experiences aboard the newest ship of the Philippine fleet.

"Their articles will be uploaded through a live blog on the official website of the Philippine Navy and the blog of Lt. Jg. dela Cruz, one of the officers recording the journey," Valte said.

Aside from the blogs, Valte said the people may follow the official Twitter accounts of the BRP Alcaraz, Philippine Navy, the AFP, and the account of Lt. dela Cruz to get updates on BRP Ramon Alcaraz.

"Updates on the BRP Alcaraz may also be read through the official Facebook pages of the AFP, the Navy, and the Facebook account of the ship. The Official Gazette’s Twitter and Facebook will likewise share onboard updates on Alcaraz," Valte said.

"We encourage everyone to follow the updates on the BRP Alcaraz—the first of the Navy’s ships to be named in honor of a Philippine Naval officer—and learn about the life and experiences of the members of the Philippine Navy," she said.

The BRP Alcaraz with its complement of 14 officers and 74 crewmembers is now on her way to the Philippines.

Acquired by the Philippines under the Philippine-U.S. Excess Defense Article and Military Assistance Program, the Philippine Navy vessel is a sister ship of BRP Gregorio del Pilar.

The new naval vessel was named after Commodore Ramon Alcaraz, a Philippine Navy officer who distinguished himself in the Second World War. The ship is capable of conducting patrols for long periods of time and can withstand heavy weather and rough sea conditions.

In his interview with a Filipino television network, Deputy Consul General Espiritu said that the BRP Alcaraz is a modest addition to the naval arsenal of the Philippines under its long-overdue Military Modernization Program and is defensive in character, consistent with the peace-loving foreign policy of the Philippines and its adherence to the rule of international law. (Media ng Bayan)

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