PN's Pohang-Class Corvette to be Delivered by March-April 2019, To Be Named BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39)

The Philippine Navy's Pohang-Class Corvette from South Korea will be delivered to the Philippines before mid-year 2019 or around March to Aprill 2019. It will be named BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39).

Philippine Navy's Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad confirmed that the Pohang-Class corvette donated by the South Korean government will be delivered to the Philippines. Similar information was also confirmed by some defense and naval sources.

Vice Admiral Empedrad noted that the assigned officers and crew members of the Corvette will be departing for South Korea before the end of January 2019. MaxDefense sources also added that there are still possible delays. although the full deployment of all crewmembers to South Korea will definitely be completed before February 2019 ends.

The Republic of Korea Navy Pohang-class combat corvette ROKS Chungju (PCC-762), one of the tour Flight III ships of the class. The ship was commissioned with the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) in 1987 and served the ROKN until 2016.

The Pohang-class corvette is 88.3 meters long, with a beam of 10 meters and a draft of 2.9 meters. Displacement is at 1,220 tons full load. The ship was rated for a crew of 118 personnel.

The ship is powered in a Combined Diesel or Gas (CODOG) configuration, with two (2) MTU 12V956 TB82 diesel engines and one (1) GE LM2500 PB gas turbine engine, all running 2 Kamewa controllable pitch propellers. She is rated to run a maximum speed of 30 knots using the gas turbine engine, and has an endurance of up to 20 days. It is also rated with a maximum range of 4,000 nautical miles @ 15 knots cruising speed using diesel engines.

Prior to retirement, the ship was equipped with the following systems:
Weapon Systems:
- 2 x Mk. 72 Oto Melara 76mm/62 Compact main naval guns
- 2 x Otobreda twin 40mm/70 secondary naval guns
- 2 x Mk.32 triple 324mm torpedo tubes, compatible with Mk.44, Mk.46 and MU90 torpedoes
- 1 x Mistral firing station for MBDA Mistral or LIGNex1 Chiron VSHORAD missile
- 2 x Mk. 9 Depth Charge Racks (6 bombs each)
- 6 x 12.7/50 heavy machine guns.

Who is Capt. Conrado Yap and Why the Ship is Named BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39)?

As early as 2018, during the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte, it was already floated by the Philippine Navy that the ship should be named after gallant Filipino military leaders or men that served in the Korean War as part of the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK).

Capt. Conrado Yap is considered as the most decorated Filipino soldier of the Philippine Army during the Korean War. He posthumously received a Philippine Medal of Valor, the country's highest military honour, as well as a US Distinguished Service Cross, for gallantry in action as part of the Tank Company, 10th Battalion Combat Team (10th BCT), Philippine Army.

Together with gallant Filipino soldiers, Capt. Conrado Yap fought the China People's Volunteer Army's 44th Division in the Battle of Yultong in South Korea during the Chinese First Spring Offensive in April 1951.

Capt. Yap was born in Zambales, and is a member of Philippine Military Academy class 1943.

Capt. Conrado Yap
Source: MaxDefense / PNA

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