The Philippine Navy has explained that decommissioning old ships is essential in preparing and operating newer and modern assets.
“We’re actually optimizing available resources in decommissioning Navy ships. Personnel, equipment and funds needed to maintain older ships are being rechanneled to support newer and more capable vessels,” Philippine Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata told PNA.
“It actually cost more funds to maintain and sustain older ships than it is for newer ones. Likewise, there is a need to train personnel to handle newer and more modern equipment and weapons systems,” he added.
“A Pohang-class frigate will be available by the first half of next year while the new and purposely built [frigates] for the PN will be delivered by the following year, 2020,” Zata added.
On October 21, the Navy decommissioned Tomas Batillo-class fast attack craft BRP Bienvenido Salting (PC112). Moreover, the Navy decommissioned BRP Rajah Humabon (PF11) last March 15.
Sources: http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1052883; http://www.navy.mil.ph/pn_web_news.php?news_id=1879