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USS Atherton/BRP Rajah Humabon Finally Being Decommissioned

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Oldest serving warship in the Philippine navy and one of the only WWII-era ships in the world still in active service is finally being decommissioned this year. Unfortunately, no plans have been made so far to convert her into a museum,


 

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A Brief History

A Cannon-class Destroyer Escort originally commissioned as USS Atherton (DE-169) in 1943. During World War II, she spent most of her career conducting patrols in the Atlantic, where she was credited for sinking U-583 until she was transferred to the Pacific in mid-1945. She continued to serve there until she was decommissioned later that year in December with one Battle Star. In June 1955, she was transferred to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force where she served as JDS Hatsuhi with her sister ship, JDS Asahi (USS Amick (DE-168)) until they were returned to the US Navy 20 years later in June 1975. She was transferred to the Philippine government the following year and was renamed BRP Rajah Humabon. She was then towed to Korea, where she underwent extensive refit and modernization. Ex-USS Muir and USS Sutton were cannibalized to upgrade and repair her and her sister ship, Datu Sikatuna (former USS Amick/JDS Asahi), which was similarly scrapped and cannibalized in 1989. Since then she has received a number of refits throughout her service and is the only remaining ship of her class that served in the Philippine Navy (her third sister ship, Datu Kalantiaw (USS Booth (DE-170)) was ran aground by Typhoon Clara in 1981). Presently she has been demoted to Patrol Frigate and mostly serves as a Ceremonial ship for receiving foreign visitors and as a training ship.  

 

Admittedly I'm not sure where this should be posted. While the decommissioning is a recent thing, the ship in question is WWII vintage so if I posted it in the wrong place, please tell me.

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