Any of your peers attending the ceremony?
None that I am aware of, but I'm out of touch and on the wrong coast.
On my home blog, when I reported the upcoming transfer, an active duty officer made the following comment, "Just spoke with a Coastguardsman who went over to help train the ex-Hamiliton crew. He was very impressed with the renovation made on Hamilton and they have certainly put the ship right to good use. I’d expect the same for Dallas."
I have mixed feelings about up-arming these ships. Would be good to see them reach their potential as warships, but on the other hand, there is no prospect the Philippines can fight China and win without assistance. The Philippines position is diplomatically strong partly because there is no way anyone can see the Philippines as an aggressor. Even China has to be having a hard time convincing their own people that the Philippines is trying to bully China. It just does not compute.
These ships can be out on station, confronting Chinese aggression, enforcing Philippine law. If the Chinese decide to resort to force, up-arming them will probably not make any difference and it might even be counter-productive.