The Philippine Navy, on May 23, commissioned its first oil tanker BRP Lake Caliraya. She was named after a beautiful lake located in the province of Laguna. “As the lake provides a source of livelihood sustenance for the people of Caliraya, AF81 on the other hand, will support the sustainment of naval operations,” the navy said.
“The commissioning of any vessel carries with it a great sense of achievement and spawns a deep pride,” Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Leopoldo M. Alano said. “It is indicative of our collective resolve to provide this country a strong and credible Fleet to play an integral part in the protection of our maritime waters.”
With the service of BRP Lake Caliraya, Navy’s Jacinto-class patrol vessels and Del Pilar-class frigates will be having an extended patrol ranges. Jacinto class patrol vessels with additional 2,500 nautical miles while Del Pilar frigates with 14,000 nautical miles.
“As long as she has sufficient fuel stocks aboard, she can refuel any of our floating assets 24/7 to ensure their continuous patrol and maximize the presence of our floating assets,” Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus Millan said.