The Philippine Navy decommissioned the last of its World War II-era warships and one of the oldest naval ships in the world still in service, PS-11 Rajah Humabon, after four decades of service, according to a report by Philippines News Agency.
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A decommissioning ceremony took place Thursday at a naval base in Sangley Point, Cavite province, attended by former commanding officers who had served aboard the ship.
"They turned sentimental because the ship that had given them pride and accomplishments when they served as commanding officers is now going to retire from service," Philippine Fleet spokesman Lt. Sahirul Taib told Inquirer.net.
Renamed PS-11 Rajah Humabon, the former USS Atherton became the Philippine flagship until Del Pilar-class ships arrived from the US in 2011.
The Rajah Humabon then served as a ceremonial ship for welcoming foreign visiting warships in Manila Bay, serving 38 years in the Philippine Navy.
The decommissioned ship will become a part of the Philippine Navy museum in Sangley in due time, Taib said.
"Visitors could tour around the ship in the future. It has become a part of history with its accomplishments," he said.
Filipino Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he has been tasked with "fast tracking" the decommissioning of vintage ships.
"They are old and uneconomical to maintain," he observed.