Japanese Navy's destroyer JS Kirisame conducts exercise with Philippines

According to information published by the Japanese MoD on November 29, 2022, the Japanese destroyer JS Harusame conducted a goodwill exercise with Philippine Navy BRP Conrado Yap.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Pohang class corvette BRP Conrado Yap and destroyer JS Kirisame. (Picture source: JMSDF)

The BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) is a Pohang-class corvette currently commissioned with the Philippine Navy. She is the service' first modern corvette and one of its most heavily armed units.

In 1987, she was commissioned into the ROK Navy as the ROKS Chungju (PCC-762). She was decommissioned in December 2016, after decades of service.

On August 5, 2019, she was officially transferred to the Philippine Navy and was commissioned into service the same day at the Jinhae Naval Base. She was named BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39), after Philippine Army Capt. Conrado Yap who fought in the Korean War.

The ship has a length of 88.3 meters (290 ft), a beam of 10 meters (33 ft), and a draft of 2.9 meters (9.5 ft). The ship has a displacement of 1,220 tons full load. It has a rated capacity for a crew consisting of 118 personnel and can operate non-stop for 20 days.

The ship has a maximum speed of 30 knots and has a range of to 4,000 nautical miles. It is powered by a combined diesel or gas, and LM2500 gas turbines.

The ship was designed for coastal defense and anti-submarine operations. She is being utilized by the Philippine Navy for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training in preparation for transition to the new frigates being built in South Korea for the Philippine Navy.