Pangasinan greets BRP Alcaraz off Bolinao waters

DAGUPAN CITY,  (PIA) -- Even for a fleeting moment, Pangasinenses took time to welcome the country’s second warship, BRP Ramon Alcaraz on Tuesday as it sailed on Bolinao shores before docking at the Subic Bay Freeport for the arrival ceremony. 

The Philippine Navy’s newly-acquired 2nd High Endurance Cutter left Charlestone, South Carolina on June 10 and passed by the ports in Florida, Panama Canal, Hawaii and Guam before it entered Philippine waters. 
Fisher folks from the towns of Sual and Bolinao, local government officials, students and local communities whom the ship will be dedicated to serve were part of the crowd that stood by as the vessel sailed on Bolinao waters. 
BRP Alcaraz officially arrived before dawn last August 2 off waters adjacent to Casiguran, Aurora. 
Commander Levi Carane of the Philippine Naval Forces in North Luzon, said the warship was officially welcomed with a formal ceremony by President Benigno S. Aquino III. 
Part of the ceremony was recognizing 88 sailors who were instrumental for her safe and successful maiden voyage to the Philippines, he said. 
The warship was named after Navy war veteran Ramon Alcaraz who was a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1940. He showed his gallantry in battle when he shot down three low-flying Japanese planes off Bataan in January 17, 1942. (MCA/VHS/PIA-1Pangasinan) 

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