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AT BRP Ang Pangulo
Pag-Asa Class
TP Ang Pangulo Class
TP The President Class
TP Roxas Class
PY Lapu-Lapu Class

The Presidential yacht was constructed in Japan and given to the Philippines as part of WWII reparations. The keel was laid down on July 16th, 1958 and it was launched exactly three months later. After undergoing sea trials, the ship was christened RPS Lapu-Lapu (PY-77) and commissioned into the Philippine Navy on March 7th, 1959.

Over its lifetime, the ship has been alternatively used as both a Presidential yacht and as an auxiliary supply and transport ship during times of need. It has hosted celebrities and foreign dignitaries such as Douglas MacArthur and Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and was the site of many opulent parties during President Ferdinand Marcos' controversial term in office. Now, it performs primarily humanitarian duties.

The ship's name has been changed several times: RPS Roxas (TP-71) 1962, RPS The President (TP-777) 1967, BRP Ang Pangulo (TP-777) 1971, and BRP Pag-Asa (AT-25) 2009. The BRP Pagasa was renamed the BRP Ang Pangulo [in English, The Hope] in December 2011. Its renaming will further brighten its symbolic identity in history. In 2008 President Arroyo transformed the presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo into a mobile medical facility to deliver free medical services and medicines to their needy constituents. The 2,700-ton presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo was acquired by the government in 1959 for $3 million. The vessel was built in Japan as one of 15 ocean-going vessels provided by the Government of Japan as war reparations to the Philippines. The original name was R.P.S. Lapu-Lapu, and the ship was subsequently renamed R.P.S. Roxas, R.P.S. The President, B.R.P. Ang Pangulo and then B.R.P. Pag-Asa in 2009. When she took over the Palace, former President Corazon C. Aquino turned the yacht into a support vessel that transported troopers from the Presidential Security Group (PSG) to her provincial sorties. In January 2001, President Macapagal-Arroyo said she would sell all presidential luxury assets, including the Ang Pangulo, to generate revenue, but the boat remained in government hands. The government tried to sell it for $5.5 million, but there were no takers.

In the ship's designation, "A" stands for "auxiliary ship" and "T" indicates "transport" function.



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