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25/05/2012: PH NAVY RECEIVES US COAST GUARD CUTTER DALLAS

Pictured above is the decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas, based in Charleston, South Carolina, which has been turned over to the Philippine Navy.

25 May 2012, Washington DC. The United States Coast Guard Cutter Dallas was symbolically turned over by Rear Admiral John Korn, U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer, to General Jessie Dellosa, Philippines Armed Forces Chief of Staff, during ceremonies held at Charleston, South Carolina last May 22.  Also in attendance were Rear Admiral Jose Luis Alano, Commander of the Philippine Fleet, and representatives from the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. - Brigadier General Cesar Yano, Philippine Defense Attaché to the U.S., and Captain Elson Aguilar, Naval Attaché to the U.S.

In his remarks during the transfer ceremony, General Dellosa expressed the Philippine government’s gratitude for the U.S.’ assistance in upgrading the country’s defense capabilities.  “As long standing allies, we have nurtured a military partnership that has become a significant cornerstone of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.

"Since 1967, Coast Guard Cutter Dallas has served the American people well, from Vietnam and the Pacific to its final Coast Guard patrol in the Caribbean, where the crew interdicted 4,000 pounds of cocaine and 940 pounds of marijuana," said Rear Admiral Korn. "As Dallas returns to the Southeast Asian waters that it plied at the beginning of its Coast Guard career, I know it will serve the Philippines as faithfully and capably as it served America.”

Signing the transfer papers of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas are General Jessie Dellosa, Philippines Armed Forces Chief of Staff, left, and Rear Admiral John Korn, U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer, right.

Filipino crews are being trained and advised on the ship’s operations, including engineering and navigation, and the Philippine Navy hopes the cutter will arrive in the Philippines before the end of the year.  The boat will be christened as BRP Ramon Alcaraz.  (END)