BRP Iwak (LC-289)

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Name: HMAS Wewak
Builder: Walkers Limited (Maryborough, Queensland, Australia)
Laid down: 21 March 1972
Launched: 19 May 1972
Commissioned: 10 August 1973
Decommissioned: 11 December 2012
Fate: transferred to Philippine Navy.
Name: BRP Iwak
Namesake: Iwak people, a minor Filipino ethnic group found in the Cordillera region in the island of Luzon, Philippines
Operator: Philippine Navy
Acquired: 2016
Commissioned: 1 June 2016
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Ivatan-class (Balikpapan class)
Type: Landing Craft Heavy
Displacement: 364 tons standard
517 tons full load
Length: 44.5 m (146 ft)
Beam: 10.1 m (33 ft)
Draft: 2 m (6 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × General Motors Detroit 6–71 diesel motors (original)
2 × Caterpillar 3406E diesel engines (RAN since 2005)
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Range: 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km; 3,500 mi) unladen
1,300 nautical miles (2,400 km; 1,500 mi) with 175 tons of cargo
Capacity: 180 tons of cargo
Complement: 16
Sensors and
processing systems:
Racal Decca Bridgemaster I-band navigational radar
Armament: two 7.62 mm (0.300 in) machine guns

The BRP Iwak (LC-289) is a heavy landing craft of the Philippine Navy. From 1972 to 2012, it was known as HMAS Wewak (L 130) and served the Royal Australian Navy.[1] It was decommissioned in December 2012, was stored until it was sold by the Australian government to the Philippine Navy to assist in improving the country's Humaritarian and Disaster Relief capabilities.[2]

Prior to commissioning with the Philippine Navy, the ship, together with the former HMAS Betano and HMAS Balikpapan, underwent refurbishing, refit, and servicing works in Cebu for a few months.[3]

The ship was commissioned to Philippine Navy, together with 2 other sisterships and a new landing platform dock, on 1 June 2016 in Manila.[4]

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  1. ^ "Philippine Navy commissions first SSV, three landing craft on 118th anniversary". IHS Jane's 360. 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  2. ^ "Australia confirms Philippines' acquisition of three ex-RAN landing craft". IHS Jane's 360. 2015-10-28. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  3. ^ "3 new ships officially turned over to Navy". Philstar. 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  4. ^ "Navy chief asserts need to focus on territorial defense amid sea tensions". 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2016-06-01.

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