Jose Andrada Fast Patrol
Friday August 18, 2006
BRP Anastacio Cacayorin
(PG-387), BRP Leovigildo Antique (PG-384) and BRP Jose Loor (PG-390) moored in
Margosatubig, Zamboanga in November 2002. At their stern is BRP Bacolod
City (LC-550) with her Bo.105c and BRP Benguet (LT-507). Note the covered
25mm and 12.7mm guns as well as the prominent armor plates covering what would
normally be a wide expanse of transparency over the bridge. These gunboats
are attached to Naval Forces South.
Nice looking boats imho.
Pictured below is BRP
Federico Martir tied up at the Jolo pier. Note that she does not carry the
full complement of .50 cal guns (the two in front of the pilot house/bridge are
missing, as are their mounts. You can barely see the two at the stern.
Note as well the armored windshields – three front panels are missing, possibly
stowed away. The panels themselves are made of Kevlar composite material
and were installed to minimize injuries to the crew inside the bridge when under
During internal security
operations, due to a need to positively identify hostiles (i.e. pirates and
rebels) before engaging, Navy gunboats like the BRP Federico Martir typically
have to come within visual range to positively identify their targets prior to
opening fire. Engagements of 500 meters or less are typical. This is
well within M-16 range and crewmen manning the bridge have found themselves
vulnerable and frequently targeted by the rebels or pirates themselves.
After all, what better way to call off a chase than to hit the person actually
steering or commanding the craft chasing you! These days, the Andrada
class boats operating in southern waters are all equipped with the kevlar
shields to minimize this vulnerability.
BRP Alfredo Peckson having her hull cleaned and
repaired on board one of two PN floating drydocks.
The PN maintains a task force in central Philippines to protect tourist locations and prevent another
embarrassing hostage crisis. Photos below were taken off of the island of Boracay in central Philippines last May 2006. It shows the leadship of the
class, PG370 BRP Jose Andrada and PG392 BRP Juan Magluyan. Note that the
Jose Andrada still does not carry the 25mm chain gun while it’s newer sister
does. Neither does it have the shields fitted over its transparencies.
Thank you to A. Bernardo for the photos.