The Philippine Navy will be receiving a decommissioned Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) Pohang-class corvette before the year ends. This was confirmed by Chief of Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad.
“We will receive a Korean corvette within this year and we are just waiting for the fund requirements,” Vice Admiral Empedrad said at the sidelines of a sidelines of a maritime security symposium in Manila today, as quoted by Inquirer.net.
“Our projected crew is already ready. Anytime they can go to Korea for training so they will sail the ship from Korea to the Philippines,” Empedrad said.
The corvette, former ROKS Chungju (PCC-762) was offered by South Korea as donation, however, around PHP250 million is needed for refurbishing and other expenses in processing of the transfer.
According to MaxDefense Philippines, the budget is needed for airfare, food and accommodation of crew, repair/overhaul works of generator and main diesel engines, installation of replacement systems for obsolete or ROKN-only systems, ammunition for the 76mm, 40mm and 12.7mm guns, fuel and other expenses related to the transfer.
MaxDefense added that in mid-April, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana requested the release of funding from Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.
“Since the DND already made a follow-up on this matter, let’s see this coming May 2018 if the DBM can expedite the matter to allow the DND and Philippine Navy to start the transfer process, allow the drydocking of the ship for repairs, tender of navigation and communication equipment, logisitics and other requirements, and sending PN ship crew to South Korea for training and familiarization,” MaxDefense said on April 29.
Sources: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/166823/philippine-navy-korea-pohang-class-corvette-roks-chungju-ship-maritime-security-acquire; https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/photos/a.119059604931372.1073741828.117625771741422/702035339967126/; https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/photos/a.119059604931372.1073741828.117625771741422/704473376389989/