New cutter for Philippines

Former US cutter to boost PH security.

3rd US warship due this year to boost PH’s maritime security

by Elena L. Aben

A third Hamilton-class weather high endurance cutter (WHEC) from the United States due to arrive this year will further boost the Philippine Navy’s capability to secure the country’s vast maritime domains.

The US Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Boutwell (WHEC 719) is scheduled to be decommissioned in a ceremony to be held March 16 at Naval Base San Diego, California, USA after 48 years of service.

Boutwell is one of the two ships that US President Barack Obama promised to provide the country during the APEC 2015 summit in Manila.

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