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Sunday, April 1st 2018, 11:03pm

Philippine News and Events, September 1948

The Mindanao Post, Wednesday, 1 September 1948

The escort destroyer Malabacat and Morong were completed today in the Butuan navy yard, and have embarked upon their builders’ trials and operational training. Work continues on their sisters, the Socorro and the Solano, which are due to complete in December of this year. Elsewhere in the Butuan yard the antisubmarine gunboats Centinela and Serviola were launched and towed to the yard’s fitting out wharf to complete their construction.


Thursday, April 5th 2018, 2:33am

The China Mail (Hong Kong), Friday, 3 September 1948

A squadron of the Philippine Navy, consisting of the battlecruiser Mindanao and four destroyers, entered Hong Kong today, anchoring in Victoria Harbour. This represents the first formal visit of Philippine naval vessels to Hong Kong in many a year. It is anticipated that the Mindanao and her consorts will remain for several days, before returning to Manila.


Wednesday, April 11th 2018, 10:05pm

Tam Sa (Paracel Islands), Wednesday, 8 September 1948

The Philippine logistics landing ship Lanao edged into Tam Sa’s harbor under the control of a pilot. She slowly made her way to a hard and after making fast dropped her bow ramp, disgorging a number of loaded trucks and field cars, together with a small detachment of Philippine Air Force maintenance personnel. A party of officers from the Indochinese military met them with the appropriate formalities.

Sometime later the Philippine detachment was busily setting up shop in a compound somewhat separated from the rest of the growing Indochinese base on the island. One hangar, and one combination warehouse/office/barracks housed them. It was expected that this would suffice to tend to the needs of any PAF, or PNAS, aircraft that should find it necessary to stage through Tam Sa.

The China Mail (Hong Kong), Thursday, 9 September 1948

The Philippine battlecruiser Mindanao and her escorting destroyers have completed their visit here and have departed for Manila, where it is expected they should arrive by Sunday.


Thursday, April 19th 2018, 7:49pm

The Manila Herald, Monday, 13 September 1948

The prototype of the PADC 900 light transport aircraft was rolled out today at the firm’s Cavite workshops. It is anticipated that a first flight may occur early next month.