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Philippines accepts ex-US warship
The Philippines has taken delivery of a decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter as part of a drive to modernize its navy amid tensions with China.
Although 46 years old, the 3,390-ton warship is the most capable in the Philippine navy that is mostly made up of aging World War II vessels. The current flagship, a former American destroyer, is among the oldest active warships in the world.
President Benigno Aquino III toured the ship in Manila Bay on Tuesday.
The U.S. has promised to help the Philippines modernize its fleet amid recent tensions with China over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Both the Philippines and Vietnam have accused Chinese vessels of disrupting their oil explorations in what China considers its waters.
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