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The Philippine Navy expects the arrival of a corvette donated by South Korea in Manila this week, and will name it BRP Conrado Yap.

The corvette left South Korea’s Jinhael Naval Base in Changwon City on Monday afternoon, acting navy spokeswoman Lt. Cdr. Maria Christina Roxas said.

The vessel is manned by about 100 crew members, led by Capt. Marco Buena, she said. It was turned over to Philippine military officials on Aug. 5.

Roxas said the ship was set to meet for naval maneuvers with BRP Davao del Sur, which had gone to Vladivostok, Russia for the Russian Navy Day celebration last month.

“They are expected to arrive in Manila in less than a week and will be welcomed by a Philippine Navy ship at the vicinity of Manila Bay,” Roxas said.

Arrival honors for the two vessels will be led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

BRP Conrado Yap is equipped with two Oto Melara 76mm Oto Melara main guns and 30-mm automatic cannons. It also has anti-submarine torpedoes and sensors, apart from radars.

The vessel is named after the most decorated member of the Philippine contingent to the Korean War, Capt. Conrado Yap, who received the Medal of Valor. (PressONE.ph)