The USCGC Boutwell (WHEC 719) which is a former high endurance Coastguard cutter of the United States will be transferred to the Philippines on July 21, 2016, Thursday at Coast Guard Base Alameda and will be designated a Philippine frigate named BRP Andres Bonifacio.

The decommissioned cutter was declared by the United States as an excess government asset and is being transferred to the Philippines through the Excess Defense Articles program.

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell in Alameda
Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell in Alameda

BRP Andres Bonifacio is the 3rd Philippine Navy frigate and will be joining BRP Gregorio del Pilar (formerly the USCGC Hamilton) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (ex-USCGC Dallas) which were decommissioned in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Attending the signing and ceremonial turnover,  Commander Rear Admiral Bayani Gaerlan Commander Philippine Fleet, signatory together with commanding officer, Captain Brendo J. Casaclang prospective commanding officer of BRP Andres Bonifacio.

In 2015 US President Barack Obama visited Manila and attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. He announced that the United States is donating USCG Boutwell to the PN along with the research vessel, R/V Melville. – JCE

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