Did you know that BRP DAGUPAN CITY (LS-551), considered to be one of the most modern transport ships of the Philippine Navy, was originally named BRP Cagayan de Oro City? It was renamed due to political reasons.
According to MaxDefense Philippines, BRP Cagayan de Oro City was renamed at the last minute as BRP Dagupan City despite the ship already having an embossed “BRP Cagayan de Oro City” in its hull. A photo of the ship’s hull below showed the still embossed “BRP CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY”.
It was renamed in favor of then President Fidel Ramos who hails from Pangasinan where Dagupan City is located.
Renaming ships for political reasons isn’t new. Below are some examples:
- The Philippine Coast Guard’s BRP EDSA II and BRP Pampanga were named in favor of former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo;
- The Philippine Navy’s BRP Gen. Mariano Alvarez, which if abbreviated is BRP GMA, was in favor of former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo;
- The Philippine Navy’s landing platform dock BRP Tarlac (LD-601) was named to favor former Pres. Noynoy Aquino (who hails from Tarlac)
- The Philippine Navy’s landing platform dock BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) was named to favor Pres. Duterte (who hails from Davao City, which is within the provincial boundaries of Davao del Sur).
with info from MaxDefense Philippines