On December 6, 2021, the Philippine Navy officially commissioned the BRP Mamanwa (LC294)

On December 6, 2021, the Philippine Navy officially commissioned the BRP Mamanwa (LC294), formerly the Mulgae LCU 70 class of the Republic of Korea. The Mamanwa, a Landing Craft Utility, can transport equipment, vehicles and troops from amphibious assault ships to beachheads or piers, the navy also said. The boat is now part of the Sealift Amphibious Force.

“Today, as we commission to the service the BRP Mamanwa, let us be reminded that this is a season of transition for us. We are undergoing a shift for a reason, and that reason is because we want to transform into the kind of organization that we aspire to be: a naval defense force that Filipinos can truly be proud of, now and in the years to come,” Vice Adm. Adelius Bordado, navy flag officer in command, said in his remarks at the christening and commissioning.

Philippine Navy Commissions BRP Mamanwa
Philippine Navy Commissions BRP Mamanwa

The Mamanwa was among the donations that South Korea sent the Philippines in 2014 and went through refurbishing before joining the Philippine Fleet. In 2019, the Philippine Navy commissioned another former South Korean navy ship — a Pohang-class corvette — as the BRP Conrado Yap. The navy has also since acquired two missile-capable frigates, BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna, from Korea.

The former landing craft utility of the Republic of Korea Navy, the LCU-78, was built by Korea Tacoma Shipyard in South Korea and was launched on 12 January 1981, and was commissioned on the same year. The class was based on the LCU-1610 design from American shipbuilder Tacoma Boatbuilding Company.

As a small landing craft, Mamanwa has a displacement of only about 415 tons, a length of 41.10 m, a beam of 8.8 m, and a draft of 1.80 m. It is powered by a Caterpillar Diesel Marine Engine with a top speed of 13 knots and a maximum Capacity of 150 tons. The ship’s armament is only two 12.7 mm machine guns.

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