DND Lorenzana : Many countries want to sell submarines to PH

DND Lorenzana : Many countries want to sell submarines to PH

The Philippines is being wooed by different submarine producing countries.

Ever since the country announced in the middle of this year that we are already contemplating in getting a submarine that will make our own Philippine Navy (PN) at par at least with other South East Asian countries, other countries have taken notice.

Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam are the countries in the ASEAN region that have existing submarine fleet and considering the volatile issue in the Western Philippine Sea with the different countries that has its own claim, all the more we need a country to upgrade our naval capabilities.

A diesel powered submarine is the dream of the Philippines to have in the near future( photo credit to owner)

"Kailangan din naman natin (ang diesel-electric submarines) yan para meron naman tayong (deterrent and) security,kasi yung mga kapitbahay natin may mga submarines na eh, Malaysia, Indonesia, pati Singapore na napakaliit na bansa, at saka Vietnam, tayo na lang wala dito (We need diesel-electric submarines so we have a deterrent and security. It's because our neighbors already have submarines. Malaysia, Indonesia, even a small country like Singapore. Vietnam also has submarines. It is only us who do not have it)," DND Sec said last June in an interview.

During a press conference recently after the successful capability demonstration of the PN’s newly-acquired and installed Rafael Advance Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface to surface missile system, he said that a lot of countries have made their intention known to sell the country their respective submarines.

"Marami (a lot of nations like) Russia, Sweden, France, (South) Korea, Japan, everybody that has capabilities (in producing submarines) (are) interested in selling (submarines) to us, even the US (United States)," Lorenzana added.

Lorenzana told mediamen that they are still studying all the offers to determine which is the best one for the county.

The DND admits that the acquisition and maintenance of submarine are expensive and will also require infrastructures like basing and intense training for the crew to be at their best.

"Submarines are a very expensive equipment (to maintain and operate), lahat ng mga bansa diyan sinasabi na mahal, very expensive (all countries operating such craft say that they are expensive) and bago ka makabili ng submarines (before you can buy) submarines, (you must think first about building a base to house them) and you also have to train people," Lorenzana added

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