The rusty BRP Sierra Madre ship that has been holding the fort for the Philippines in Ayungin, Scarborough is a pitiful, if not laughable, sight. It has been there ever since the Philippine government stood its ground for the ownership of the territory that is widely known as West Philippine Sea.
After the ruling of the International Tribunal in the Hague in favor of the Philippines, China has been so headstrong about not packing up and leaving the Scarborough Shoal. Other countries have sent their congratulations to the Philippines and felt irritated that China is not honoring the ruling. France, UK, Australia, Japan and Germany, among others have offered to extend their support to fight China in case they will wage a war against the Philippines.
In this connection, the US government sent an envoy to the Philippines and sought to speak with an undisclosed cabinet member to relay the message to President Duterte that they are offering their warship USS Bataan. According to this link, the ship is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship commissioned in 1997. The ship is named to honor the defense of the Bataan Peninsula on the western side of Manila Bay in the Philippines during the early days of US involvement in World War II (refer to the left picture above). Check out its general characteristics below:
|Class and type:||Wasp-class amphibious assault ship|
|Displacement:||40,358 long tons (41,006 t) full load|
|Length:||844 ft (257 m)|
|Beam:||106 ft (32 m)|
|Draft:||27 ft (8.2 m)|
|Propulsion:||Geared steam turbines|
|Speed:||exceeds 20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)|
|Complement:||104 officers, 1,004 enlisted|
This friendly offer by the US government, one of the Philippines' best and strongest allies in the world, would definitely help boost the confidence of not just the soldiers stationed in Ayungin, but also the entire Filipino community. There is still no confirmation, though, whether the Philippine government is amenable to this offer, that seems to be free of obligations or repercussions from the Philippines, or not.