Among the acquisition list of the Philippine Navy are 2 submarines, 8 new fast attack interdiction craft (missile-capable), 6 new offshore patrol vessels, 2 new corvettes, and 2 more refurbished Pohang-class corvettes. This is according the report of ABS-CBN News citing the Philippine Navy.
Under the acquisition program, at least half of the fast attack interdiction craft and offshore patrol vessels to be acquired should be built in the Philippines.
“Ika-capacitate natin ‘yung naval shipyard, we will now have the capability to build ships sa future,” Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said as quoted by ABS-CBN News.
“Mahalaga ito sa self-reliance defense posture na pinupush ni Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, ‘yung ma-capacitate natin ‘yung Armed Forces to build our own capability,” he added.