Navy wants frigate program to push through – former Navy chief

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“Well, sa amin lang naman is, I like that frigate [acquisition program to push through] because everyone in the Navy wants that frigate kasi it’s a combat ship, anong mangyayari sa Navy natin kung walang punch ‘di ba, you cannot [only have] transport ships,” former Philippine Navy Flag-Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado said on January 22, as quoted by PNA.

“We should have a punch, the frigate is the capital ship, and this is the first time in the history of the PN that we will have a frigate newly constructed tapos missile capable – air, surface and undersea,” he added.

Mercado also said that the frigates must be fitted with proven systems. The Philippines has contracted South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries to build 2 frigates.

“Obviously, go to systems that are proven, If you want our country to be defended well, sa mga tao at least they have that assurance na yung barko natin kayang lumaban,” he said.

Vice Admiral Mercado was relieved as Navy Flag-Officer-in-Command by National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana after he lost confidence in Mercado’s integrity and “fixation with a specific company for the combat management system (CMS) for the acquisition of frigates.”

Sources: http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1022395; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1022409