BRP Ramon Alcaraz stops in Florida to test-fire cannon
In posts on its Twitter account, the embassy said the BRP Ramon Alcaraz was to load and test-fire its 76-mm Oto Melara cannon while in Mayport.
According to Italian manufacturer Oto Melara, the 76-mm compact naval gun is a rapid-fire cannon that can be installed on relatively small warships. It shoots 76-mm, 62-caliber shells at selectable rates of either one round or a full rate of fire of 80 rounds per minute.
The embassy also said that Florida was the Alcaraz's first stop in its voyage to the Philippines. It would also pass through the Panama Canal.
The BRP Ramon Alcaraz started its journey to the Philippines from the United States Monday night (Philippine Standard Time). It was given an emotional send-off by the Filipino community of Charleston, South Carolina. — DVM/KG, GMA News