PHILIPPINES GET MAJOR WARSHIP FROM US TO CHALLENGE CHINA’S ISLAND CLAIMS

Fox News on August 6, 2013, published an AP report on the Philippines adding a second major warship to its fleet to challenge China’s massive territorial claims that Filipino officials say intrude in their country’s potentially oil-rich seas.

President Benigno Aquino III led military and other officials in receiving the 3,250-ton former U.S. Coast Guard cutter in ceremonies complete with a brass band and 21-cannon fire at the Subic Bay freeport.

The ship has been renamed as Philippine navy frigate BRP Ramon Alcaraz.

A part of the former U.S. naval base northwest of Manila will soon be turned into a Philippine military hub to shift its assets closer to the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

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