The Philippine Fleet (PF) through Sealift Amphibious Force (SAF) Christened and Commissioned BRP Mamanwa (LC294), former Mulgae Class LCU 70 of the Republic of Korea on December 6, 2021 at Captain Salvo Pier, Naval Base Heracleo Alano.
The christening and commissioning ceremonies were presided by the Flag Officer In Command, Vice Adm. Adeluis Bordado PN as the Guest of Honor and Speaker and his wife, Dra. Maria Ruth Bordado serving as Ship Sponsor. Also in attendance were Ltc Bae Jung Hoon, Defense Attache of the Republic of Korea, RAdm Alberto B Carlos PN, Commander, Philippine Fleet and his wife Mrs. Maria Corina Corazon M Carlos. Notably, members of the Mamanwa tribe were also invited during the activity but due to the prevailing pandemic, they just witnessed the ceremonies online.
“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,” said the Navy chief.
“To the Officers and Sailors of BRP MAMANWA, sail boldly and proudly. Make waves, bow and winds obey! Hooyah!” he added.
BRP Mamanwa (LC294) is classified as a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and has a maiden crew of ten Navy personnel with augmentation from other Sealift Amphibious Force vessels as well as the Fleet’s Maintenance Repair Team from Headquarters Sealift Amphibious Force. The ship is skippered by its first Commanding Officer, Cdr. Lyvanjake DC Cabiente PN.
The LCU is a type of boat capable of transporting equipment, tracked or wheeled vehicles, and troops from amphibious assault ships all the way to beachheads or piers.
The ceremony was conducted under the new normal condition and in strict adherence to health and biosafety protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19.