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Tuesday, December 26th 2017, 6:53pm

The Manila Times, Wednesday, 7 July 1948

Following a stop in Saigon, Indochina, Vice President Roxas and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rómulo have returned home from their European trip, where fruitful discussions were held with friendly powers regarding the security situation in East Asia. While in Europe the delegation was able to successfully negotiate the purchase of additional jet fighter aircraft from Britain, and completed a license agreement with the Skoda Works for a new artillery for the Philippine Army. Some observers have expressed disappointment that Senor Roxas was unable to build a coalition to curb further Chinese aggression but in his own remarks the Vice President has expressed his assurance that the European powers are fully cognizant of the threats posed by China and that “all appropriate steps” will be taken.

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Tuesday, January 2nd 2018, 12:57am

Nielsen Field, Manila, Monday, 12 July 1948

The Pan American DC-6 that bore Commander Trevor Stevens USN made its last turn and straightened up for its final approach to the runway. It had been a very long flight from Wake Island and Stevens’ legs ached despite the many opportunities he had taken to walk the length of the half-empty aircraft to stretch them. It had been some years since he had last seen Manila, and the growth of the capital was readily apparent to him. As they had flown over Cavite, he had noted the large assemblage of warships gathered there, and the busy shipyard as well. His brief from the Navy Department was simple, if not straight-forward; assess the capability of the Philippine Navy to defend the islands from potential aggressors and obtain any relevant information that could help or hinder the decision-making of any potential American response.

The DC-6 landed with a thump and rolled down the runway with the squealing of brakes, eventually turning on to the taxiway that led in turn to the terminal. When he was allowed, he stood in gather his belongings and deplaned, following the directions of the airport staff. At the customs shed he showed his papers and was waved through – with his diplomatic status of naval attaché examination of his luggage was unnecessary. A car had been sent by the embassy to pick him up; and he looked forward to some rest before calling on the Ambassador.

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Tuesday, January 9th 2018, 1:15am

Cavite Naval Dockyard, Friday, 16 July 1948

The occasion for the gathering of dignitaries was the launch of the Philippine cruiser Benguet, the latest in that service’s series of light cruisers. Commander Stevens he found the Benguet rather small, but obviously well suited to lead and fight alongside destroyer flotillas. He had read his predecessor’s notes on Philippine doctrine and the conditions under which the Philippine Navy was expecting to conduct a defensive campaign. As the obligatory bottle of spirits was smashed against the bow of the cruiser she slid gracefully down the ways, to be taken in tow and move across the yard to continue her fitting out.

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Friday, January 12th 2018, 1:32am

The Manila Herald, Saturday, 17 July 1948

According to unconfirmed reports from the Malacañan a special envoy has been sent to Petrograd in the Russian Federation to open talks there regarding the security situation in the Far East. When asked, a spokesman for President Arellano would neither confirm nor deny that the Government has opened negotiations of any sort with Russia.


Naval Operating Base Cavite, Sunday, 18 July 1948

Without fanfare the submarines Columbina and Chen, fresh from their working-up, slipped from their moorings and headed to sea in the gathering dusk. By nightfall they would be at sea, ready to embark on their first operational patrols off the Chinese coast. How many other Philippine boats were already there was a secret not known to the commanders of either boat.

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Friday, January 19th 2018, 7:37pm

The Philippine Herald, Wednesday, 21 July 1948

The submarines Cairina and Coracina were completed today at the Butuan naval shipyard. Following their builders’ trials they will begin operational training and should be operational early next year. They follow in the wake of the penultimate pair of Tirador class submarines, Columbina and Chen, which entered service earlier this week.


The Manila Times, Thursday, 22 July 1948

The Malacañan has officially confirmed that Minister of Defense Don Joaquin de la Vega has arrived in Petrograd, capital of the Russian Federation, to open talks with Russian Federation officials regarding joint security concerns in the Far East.