Navy delays decommissioning of legacy ships, acquisition of new ships adjusted

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The Philippine Navy is moving the decommissioning of remaining legacy ship in active service after acquisition of modern assets was negatively affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

“The decommissioning of all legacy Navy ships will push through. The schedule, however, has been altered,” Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said as quoted by Inquirer.net in a report July 18.

Among the affected were acquisition projects for two landing docks, eight fast attack interdiction craft with missile (FAIC-M), and six offshore patrol vessels (OPV).

“As soon as the landing docks are in, phase out the landing ship tanks. As soon as the FAIC-Ms are in, phase out the small patrol boats and patrol craft,” Vice Admiral Bacordo said.

“As soon as the OPVs are in, phase out the patrol craft escort and minesweeper frigates,” he added.

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