The Philippine Fleet (PF), through Sealift Amphibious Force (SAF), has christened and commissioned BRP Mamanwa (LC-294).

The LC-294 is the former Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) Mulgae-class (Furseal-class) navy ship LCU-78.

The christening and commissioning ceremonies were held in the presence of naval officials.

BRP Mamanwa is classified as a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) that can transport equipment, vehicles and troops from amphibious assault ships to beachheads or piers

The LCU has a maiden crew of ten navy personnel with augmentation from other Sealift Amphibious Force vessels and the Fleet’s Maintenance Repair Team from Sealift Amphibious Force Headquarters.

Philippine Navy vice-admiral Adelius Bordado said: “Today, as we commission to the service the BRP MAMANWA, let us be reminded that this is a season of transition for us.

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“We are undergoing a shift for a reason, and that reason is because we want to transform into the kind of organisation that we aspire to be: a naval defence force that Filipinos can truly be proud of, now and in the years to come.”

The former Mulgae-class landing craft utility of the Republic of Korea Navy was built by Korea Tacoma Shipyard in South Korea and was launched in January 1981. It was based on the LCU-1610 design.

Earlier this year, the Philippine Navy’s second Jose Rizal-class missile frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) received delivery and acceptance approval.