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USS ATHERTON DE 169 was transferred to
Japan as HATSUHI 06/14/55;
Returned to USN 1975; Stricken 06/15/75.
Sold at scrap value to The Philippines as RAJAH HUMABON 09/13/76.
Scheduled to be stricken by 1996, but still in service in
"The BRP Rajah Humabon (PF-11) is the current
flagship, and the largest capital warship of the Philippine Navy.
It is also the last Destroyer Escort / Frigate in its fleet, and is
considered as one of the oldest active ships of the fleet, and in
the world. She is one of three ex-USN Cannon-class destroyer
escorts that served the Philippine Navy, the others being BRP Datu
Sikatuna (PF-5/PS-77) and BRP Datu Kalantiaw (PS-76).
Her current classification is Patrol Frigate. As recent as 2008 she
was still spotted and confirmed to operate from the Philippine
Navy's main naval base in Cavite and visits the Navy Headquarters
in Manila. She is currently assigned to the Patrol Force of the
Philippine Fleet, and is assigned as the current flagship of the
She was commissioned to the Philippine Navy in 1980 as the RPS
Rajah Humabon (PS-78), and formed the backbone of the Philippine
Fleet together with two of her sister ships and other ex-US Navy
destroyer escorts. She was reclassified as BRP Rajah Humabon
(PF-11), now using the "BRP" ship naming standard and carrying a
"Frigate" classification, and served until 1993 when she was
retired. But due to pressing needs, she was later called back into
service in 1995." (Information courtesy of
In June 2008, BRP Rajah Humabon PF-11 remains on
the list of Philippine Navy "Commissioned Ships and Craft".
The list is available on the
Philippine Navy website.
Scroll down to view the 2005 and 2008 photos.
ex-USS ATHERTON DE 169
as RAJAH HUMABON in 2005
ex-USS ATHERTON DE 169
as RAJAH HUMABON in May 2008!
The photo was posted to the
Philippine Defense Forum. Message
reads, "Hey guys, just want to share some pictures I got this
morning, 2 PN ships anchored at Manila Bay, I took the pics at the
seawall of Sofitel Philippine Plaza hotel... I would
also want to comment regarding the rolling of the Jacinto class
ships, I was observing the 2 anchored ships, and with minimal
waves, the Ricarte was rolling more, unlike the Humabon which was
stable with the same waves."
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information submitted by Preston Davis GM2/c