PHL Navy preparing for upcoming torpedo, missile capabilities

The Philippine Navy is currently preparing in terms of facilities, doctrines and protocols, and personnel skills for its upcoming new equipment and capabilities like torpedo and missile systems.

Chief of Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said over DWDD on June 13 that the Navy’s modernization is unique because equipment that are being acquired are new capabilities the Navy do not have in the past.

“It’s very challenging because it’s not about just acquiring equipment, what is more important is how to prepare our personnel [in operating new equipment],” Vice Admiral Empedrad said.

He said preparation of Navy, as an organization, is important so that when new equipment arrive they know how to operate, maintain, and sustain them.

“Kailangan ayusin ‘yung mga bases, halimbawa, ‘yung mga barko na parating ay meroong mga torpedoes and missile, sa ngayon wala pa kaming mga storage,” he said. “So it’s very very challenging.”

He said doctrines and protocols should also be established. “Halimbawa, sinong puputok ng missiles, sinong puputok ng torpedoes. Wala [pa] kaming doctrines on that aspect.”

He said they have created a lot of technical working groups on these aspects. He noted that the Navy should be well prepared because the missile-armed frigates are worth approximately PHP8 billion each, while the anti-submarine helicopters armed with torpedoes are worth PHP2.75 billion each.

He said the Navy is planning to put up missile and torpedo storage facilities in Caballo Island, Subic, and Cebu which requires PHP7 billion. “We cannot put all our missiles and torpedoes in one place,” he noted.