MANILA, Aug. 7 (PNA) -- Following its arrival at Alava Pier, Subic Bay Tuesday morning, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), the Navy's second Hamilton-class cutter, will now undergo a two-month checkup and repair before it is commissioned and given its first assignment.
The ship will be brought to Batangas where it will be dry-docked and examined.
During her dry dock period, ship-fitters are to remove and replace broken piping systems, gaskets, bearings, and hydraulics, the report said. BRP Ramon Alcaraz will also be painted haze gray.
By mid-October, the Filipino frigate will be ready for commissioning and assigning, likely to an area where it can best protect the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.
The ship will be also fitted with additional weapons.
"The additional armaments which will be fitted to the BRP Ramon Alcaraz is part of our enhancement program," the PNA quoted Navy flag-officer-in-charge Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano said earlier.
PNA sources said the additional weapons include two Mark 38 Model 2 25mm "Bushmasters" autocannons, which would be mounted on the ship's port and starboard.
The BRP Ramon Alcaraz's present armament includes a quick-firing 76mm Oto Melara main gun, with a range of 20 nautical miles. (Media ng Bayan)