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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and his sister Maria Elena Aquino-Cruz, on the platform, lead the Christening and Commissioning ceremony of the country's newly-acquired Hamilton class warship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF15) Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at the Manila South Harbor in Manila, Philippines. The country's biggest and most modern warship will be deployed to the volatile South China Sea, according to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and his sister Maria Elena Aquino-Cruz, on the platform, lead the Christening and Commissioning ceremony of the country's newly-acquired Hamilton class warship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF15) Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at the Manila South Harbor in Manila, Philippines. The country's biggest and most modern warship will be deployed to the volatile South China Sea, according to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippines relaunches warship

1 January 1970

The Philippines relaunched an old U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dec. 14 as its biggest and most modern warship to guard potentially oil-rich waters that are at the center of a dispute with China.