After making a stopover in San Diego, California, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz — the Philippine Navy's new warship — set course for Hawaii Saturday morning (Philippine time).
Navy spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic said the BRP Ramon Alcaraz left the San Diego anchorage at about 6:30 a.m., state-run Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported.
Hawaii is the second port call of the frigate as it cruises back to the Philippines, the PNA report said.
BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) had docked at San Diego last June 28 for refueling and re-provisioning. Its voyage to Hawaii will involve about 2,400 miles.
Earlier, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the BRP Ramon Alcaraz will likely arrive in the Philippines on August 3.
The PNA report said the newest warship may be commissioned in September.
Last June 18, BRP Ramon Alcaraz concluded her Panama Canal crossing, becoming the first Filipino warship to cross the historic waterway.
Alcaraz widow visits ship
Meanwhile, Concepcion Alcaraz, widow of Filipino naval hero Commodore Ramon Alcaraz, visited the BRP Ramon Alcaraz during its port call in San Diego, California last July 2.
During her visit, she signed copies of the book "Mrs. Alcaraz, A Biography" and "Commodore Alcaraz; First Victim of President Marcos."
With her were granddaughter Hailey Marshall and daughters Ramona and Efigenia. They had a short tour of the Filipino frigate.
"Commodore Alcaraz gained distinction in World War II by shooting down three Japanese Zero fighters who tried to attack his ship, the Abra (Q-112) during the first months of the war," the PNA said. - VVP, GMA News