THE Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), the country's third Hamilton-class cutter, arrived here in the city early morning on Saturday at Sasa Wharf, Davao City for the Philippine Navy (PN) recruitment activity and exhibit of its new security assets and resources.

The vessel, aboard PN Mobile Recruitment Team from the Naval Personnel Management Center (NPMC), will be here in the city from January 28 to January 30 to showcase the Disaster Response and Rescue Units (DRRU) equipment and its capabilities to the Navy in Eastern Mindanao.

The ship came from General Santos City.

The BRP Andres Bonifacio officers were welcomed by Public Safety and Security Command Center chief Retired General Benito de Leon on behalf of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Also, part of the activity is the "Open House" which will give opportunity to the public to see first-hand the materials and equipment of the ship at the Philippine Ports Authority.

Meanwhile, the Naval Special Operations Group 7 (NAVSOU7), also known as the Philippine Navy Seals, aslo showcased their security gear at People's Park starting on Saturday until today at the activity area and will allow the park goers to wear the weapon of the Navy.

Aboard the ship are the cadets from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Salaknib class of 2017 who are undergoing the "sea-phase" of their training and subsequently will join the Philippine Navy after their graduation in the academy.

BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) is the third Del Pilar Class Frigate of the Philippine Navy under Offshore Combat Force (OCF). It is a 378-feet Hamilton Class Weather High Endurance Cutter (WHEC) complemented with 180 personnel. The vessel is from the United States (US) Coast Guard before being transferred, christened and commissioned to the Philippine Navy last July 21, 2016.

In a report, according to Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, the ship is expected to patrol the Sulu waters, wherein kidnapping and piracy cases are prevalent. This is seen to further give a boost to the Philippines Navy (PN) capacity in territorial defense operations with a mission "to conduct Naval Surface Warfare operations in support of the National Forces mission".