Philippine Navy Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Danilo R. Rodelas has confirmed to Radyo Filipino Australia that among the assets the Philippine Navy is acquiring under Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program Horizon 2 are 2 corvettes, 6 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), and submarines.
AFP Modernization Program Horizon 2 is being implemented from 2018 to 2022.
“The President [Rodrigo Duterte] has approved the acquisition of 2 corvettes and another offshore patrol vessels in Horizon 2, meaning from 2018 to 2022,” Rear Admiral Rodelas said.
“Most importantly, the President also approved the acquisition of submarines from Horizon 3 to Horizon 2,” he added.
He said that with these acquisitions the Philippine Navy is on the right track to have a strong and credible navy in the future.
A Philippine Navy contingent, aboard BRP Ramon Alcaraz, is in Darwin, Australia participating in Excercise Kakadu 2018.
Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad in June confirmed the acquisition of 2 corvettes and 6 OPVs.
Sources: https://www.radyo-filipino-australia.com/philippine-fleet-commander-rear-admiral-danilo-rodelas.html; https://www.facebook.com/dwdd1134/videos/2162869070624244/; https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180522-Speech_of_President_Rodrigo_Roa_Duterte_during_the_120th_Philippine_Navy_Anniversary.pdf