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Sunday, April 1st 2018, 11:03pm

Philippine News and Events, September 1948

The Mindanao Post, Wednesday, 1 September 1948

The escort destroyer Malabacat and Morong were completed today in the Butuan navy yard, and have embarked upon their builders’ trials and operational training. Work continues on their sisters, the Socorro and the Solano, which are due to complete in December of this year. Elsewhere in the Butuan yard the antisubmarine gunboats Centinela and Serviola were launched and towed to the yard’s fitting out wharf to complete their construction.


Thursday, April 5th 2018, 2:33am

The China Mail (Hong Kong), Friday, 3 September 1948

A squadron of the Philippine Navy, consisting of the battlecruiser Mindanao and four destroyers, entered Hong Kong today, anchoring in Victoria Harbour. This represents the first formal visit of Philippine naval vessels to Hong Kong in many a year. It is anticipated that the Mindanao and her consorts will remain for several days, before returning to Manila.


Wednesday, April 11th 2018, 10:05pm

Tam Sa (Paracel Islands), Wednesday, 8 September 1948

The Philippine logistics landing ship Lanao edged into Tam Sa’s harbor under the control of a pilot. She slowly made her way to a hard and after making fast dropped her bow ramp, disgorging a number of loaded trucks and field cars, together with a small detachment of Philippine Air Force maintenance personnel. A party of officers from the Indochinese military met them with the appropriate formalities.

Sometime later the Philippine detachment was busily setting up shop in a compound somewhat separated from the rest of the growing Indochinese base on the island. One hangar, and one combination warehouse/office/barracks housed them. It was expected that this would suffice to tend to the needs of any PAF, or PNAS, aircraft that should find it necessary to stage through Tam Sa.

The China Mail (Hong Kong), Thursday, 9 September 1948

The Philippine battlecruiser Mindanao and her escorting destroyers have completed their visit here and have departed for Manila, where it is expected they should arrive by Sunday.


Thursday, April 19th 2018, 7:49pm

The Manila Herald, Monday, 13 September 1948

The prototype of the PADC 900 light transport aircraft was rolled out today at the firm’s Cavite workshops. It is anticipated that a first flight may occur early next month.


Tuesday, May 1st 2018, 7:33pm

The Philippine Herald, Monday, 20 September 1948

This morning saw the departure of a delegation of technical specialist from the Philippine Aircraft Development Company for the Russian Federation, where they will study the manufacturing techniques for the MiG-15 fighter aircraft. Their work will see them spend several months at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft factory, and upon their return they will lead the license production of the MiG-15 for the Philippine Air Force. A similar delegation of Russian technical specialists is expected to arrive here next month, to assist in the preparation of new factory facilities and the acquisition of tooling.


Tuesday, May 8th 2018, 4:36pm

The Manila Times, Saturday, 25 September 1948

The Ministry of Defense revealed today that construction of the first planned “sea fort” at the Scarborough Shoals naval station has begun. Three such forts are planned, though the present funding is sufficient only for the first of these. The ministry spokesman indicated that the concrete platforms upon which the structural steel of the forts themselves have been poured and it is expected that erection of the forts will commence sometime late next month, and continue through the winter.


Friday, May 18th 2018, 2:41pm

Manila, The American Embassy, Monday, 27 September 1948

Commander Trevor Stevens’ monthly report to the Navy Department in Washington was smaller than the one he had filed the previous month. Shipyards throughout the archipelago were working flat out to complete vessels previously projected; according to his informants, and his own observations, only two new vessels – a pair of antisubmarine gunboats, would be laid down before the end of the year. Far more importantly, a large number of ships would complete in the coming months, substantially strengthening the Philippine Navy.

His gleanings also indicated that 1949 would continue the frenetic building program. Besides the vessels already building the Philippine Senate was debating another naval expansion law that would authorize eight new ocean escorts to counter China’s expanding submarine threat – and – if rumors were true – a 26,000-ton battlecruiser would follow. It had been many years since the Philippines had laid down a capital warship but Chinese acquisitions would seem to have prompted a change in strategic thinking.


Saturday, May 19th 2018, 11:31am

Interesting news, it will be good to see the emergence of a new capital ship as they seem to be quite rare these days.


Thursday, July 12th 2018, 1:28am

Philippine News and Events, October 1948

The Mindanao Journal, Friday, 1 October 1948

The antisubmarine gunboats Vigía and Atalaya were laid down today in the Butuan naval shipyard. These vessels are accorded priority status and it is expected that they will be launched before the end of the year. They have been preceded by six sister vessels, two of which are still under construction. As the Senate is still debating the naval program for the next fiscal year it is unclear at this time whether this class of vessel will be continued.