Philippine Navy retires oldest war ship

Robie de Guzman
BRP Cebu (PS28)

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy announced that its oldest war ship has been retired from naval service.

The Philippine Navy held a decommissioning ceremony on Tuesday, October 1 for BRP Cebu (PS28) at the Captain Salvo Pier, Naval Base Cavite in Sangley Point, Cavite City.

Philippine Fleet commander Rear Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo led the ceremony where he expressed sadness over the ship’s decommissioning.

“But we are happy because of her decommissioning we will be able to accommodate newer platforms for the Philippine Navy.”

He also underscored the importance of resting older ships in the inventory to give way for new platforms as the naval force continues pursuing modernization.

The Philippine Navy said the BRP Cebu rendered 71 years of service to the country.

Its notable accomplishment was the conduct of search and rescue operations to Sulpicio Lines’ MV Princess of the Stars, which capsized off the coast of San Fernando, Romblon at the height of typhoon Frank in June 2008.

BRP Cebu was a patrol ship originally built as USS PCE-881, a warship for the United States during World War II.

It was renamed as RPS Cebu, after a province in the Philippines when it was transferred to the Philippine Navy in July 1948.

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