Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza said Wednesday that the dock and sea trials for the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15), an offshore patrol vessel that ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal in August 2018, have been set for November.
“BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) was undocked and moved to Subic Bay Freeport Zone SBMA, Zambales. All other outstanding repairs are being completed now that PS-15 is back on the water. Dock and sea trials are scheduled for the end of November this year,” said Negranza when asked for updates on the ship’s maintenance.
Following the ship’s grounding, one of the ship’s two variable pitch propellers, as well as its propeller hub, were damaged.
BRP Gregorio Del Pilar’s drydocking and other related repairs are expected to be finished by September, according to Negranza.
“Nevertheless, the PN exerts all efforts to remain vigilant and to uphold its mandate in guarding the country’s waters. We are one with our countrymen in looking forward to PS-15’s repair completion,” Negranza added.
The PN indicated that due to difficulty obtaining parts and the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic, the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar repairs will be completed in the second half of 2021.