BRP Iloilo (PS-32)
BRP Iloilo (PS-32) at CARAT 2012-Philippines
|Builder:||Willamette Iron and Steel Works, Portland, Oregon|
|Laid down:||16 December 1942|
|Launched:||3 August 1943|
|Commissioned:||6 January 1945|
|Fate:||transferred to the Philippine Navy, July 1948|
|Namesake:||Iloilo is one of the provinces in the Visayas, Philippines.|
|Acquired:||2 July 1948|
|Commissioned:||2 July 1948|
RPS Iloilo (PS-32) 1965-1966BRP Iloilo (PS-32), June 1980
|Status:||Decommissioned, awaiting disposal|
|Class and type:||PCE-842-class patrol craft (in U.S. Navy service)|
|Class and type:||Miguel Malvar-class corvette (in Philippine Navy service)|
|Displacement:||914 Tons (Full Load)|
|Length:||184.5 ft (56.2 m)|
|Beam:||33 ft (10 m)|
|Draft:||9.75 ft (2.97 m)|
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) (maximum),|
|Range:||6,600 nmi (12,200 km; 7,600 mi) at 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)|
|Raytheon AN/SPS-64(V)11 Surface Search / Navigation Radar|
BRP Iloilo (PS-32) was a Miguel Malvar-class corvette of the Philippine Navy. She was originally built as USS PCE-897, a PCE-842-class patrol craft for the United States Navy during World War II. She was decommissioned from the U.S. Navy and transferred to the Philippine Navy in July 1948 and renamed RPS Iloilo (E-32) after the Philippine province of the same name. The ship is in active service. Along with other World War II-era ships of the Philippine Navy, Iloilo was considered as one of the oldest active fighting ships in the world, being in continuously in service for 68 years.
Commissioned in the US Navy as USS PCE-897 in 1945, and was decommissioned after World War II.
She was then transferred and commissioned into the Philippine Naval Patrol and was renamed RPS Iloilo (E-32) in July 1948. She was carried on to the Philippine Navy in 1950, and between 1965-1966 she was renamed as RPS Iloilo (PS-32) using a new classification system. Again in June 1980 she was renamed BRP Iloilo (PS-32) using a new localized prefix.
Between 1990 and 1991 the Iloilo underwent major overhaul, weapons and radar systems refit, and upgrade of communications gear.
On 7 July 1973, Iloilo, as part of Task Force 32 Naval Gunfire Support Group under the command of Cdr. Vicente Escala (PN), provided pre-assault bombardment in support of Landing Force 33 during Operation "Pamukpok" against the insurgent group in Tuburan, Basilan led by Huden Abubakar Aka Juden Salikala.
There are slight difference between the BRP Pangasinan as compared to some of her sister ships in the Philippine Navy, since her previous configuration was as a patrol craft escort (PCE), while the others are configured as rescue patrol craft escort (PCER) and minesweepers (Admirable-class) ships.
Originally the ship was armed with one forward Mk.26 3"/50 caliber dual purpose gun, three aft twin Mk.1 Bofors 40 mm guns, four Mk.10 20 mm Oerlikon guns, 1 Hedgehog depth charge projector, four depth charge projectiles (K-guns) and two depth charge tracks. This configuration applies before its overhaul in the early 1990s.
During its overhaul and refit between 1990 and 1991, the Philippine Navy removed her old anti-submarine weapons and systems, and made some changes in the armament set-up. Some sources claim the loss of its three Bofors 40mm cannons during the 1990-1991 overhaul and refit period, but photos  from 2011 show the Bofors guns still present, although in singles instead of twins. Final armaments fitted to the ship are one Mk.26 3"/50-caliber gun (fore), three single Bofors 40 mm cannons (aft), four Mk.10 Oerlikon 20 mm cannons (2 each on bridge wings), and four M2 Browning .50 cal (12.7 mm)caliber machine guns (2 besides main bridge, 2 at near the lower Bofors gun tub). This made the ship lighter and ideal for surface patrols, but losing her limited anti-submarine warfare capability.
Also during the refit the ship's RCA CRM-NIA-75 surface search radar and RCA SPN-18 navigation radar was replaced by a Raytheon AN/SPS-64(V)11 surface search and navigation radar system. Later modifications included the installation of long range and satellite communications systems, and GPS system standard to all Philippine Navy ships.
The ship is powered by two GM 12-278A diesel engines, with a combined rating of around 2,200 bhp (1,600 kW) driving two propellers. The main engines can propel the 914 tons (full load) ship to a maximum speed of around 16 knots (30 km/h).
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