Modernised Gregorio del Pilar Class Frigates for Philippine navy, The Philippine Navy’s Gregorio del Pilar-class frigates,
The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) Frigate, The Philippine Navy sent the GRP Del Pilar submarine Gregorio Del Pilar FF15
the Philippine Navy’s Del Pilar-class frigate BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) was relieved of its duties with the Naval Forces West (NAVFORWEST) to undergo a Continuous Maintenance Availability in Subic, Zambales. She was replaced by her sistership BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) who just came back from Langkawi, Malaysia after attending LIMA as the Philippines’ representative to the event.
A few days later, MaxDefense received confirmation from its sources that BRP Gregorio del Pilar will be the Philippines’ representative in the 50th Anniversary of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), which will hold its 1st Maritime Review, and will also be present at IMDEX Asia defense exhibition in Changi Naval Base, which coincides with the maritime review. The ship held its send-off ceremonies yesterday, May.
This means that BRP Gregorio del Pilar will not be able to go for its scheduled maintenance, and instead will be deployed to Singapore.
Every few years, a ship enters what we call a Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAv), which is a maintenance procedure that can be done without the need for dry docking, and involves refreshing the ship’s physical appearance, repairing or maintaining minor systems, conducting tests and maintenance of its machinery and electrical systems, and if possible, conduct upgrades.
MaxDefense believes that the scheduled CMAv on BRP Gregorio del Pilar is not the first time scheduled by the Philippine Navy since the ship was commissioned to service 6 years ago, and this is actually its second time to have CMAv as a Philippine Navy ship.
Also, this is not the first time the ship skipped its scheduled CMAv. MaxDefense sources confirmed that FF-15 has not been able to commit to its CMAv schedules due to operational deployments, mostly in support of patrols in the West Philippine Sea area.
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