PH will get its 1st Anti-Submarine warfare capable ship by March or April 2019

PH will get its 1st Anti-Submarine warfare capable ship by March or April 2019

Finally either by March or April the long overdue delivery of the former ROKN Flight III Pohang-class corvette ROKS Chungju donated by the South Korean government.

Navy chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said, that the Navy contingent will leave for South Kores later this month to start training for the upcoming acquisition.

ROKS Chungju, will be transferred to the PH Navy by March or April this year. (photo credit to owner)

“And then this March makukuha na natin ung corvette from South Korea so baka madeliver na yun. Papunta na kasi yun personnel natin for training by January. So kung March or April matatapos, meron na tayong gagamitin,” Empedrad said.

The transfer has been delayed because of fund requirements, where it not the delivery should have been done June of last year.

The transfer process was estimated to cost at around P250 million.

The ship’s original guns and sonar detection systems would be included in the transfer, Empedrad added.

The Navy is expected to assigned this ship with the Offshore Combat Force (OCF) of the Philippine Fleet, and will be the primary anti-submarne warfare (ASW) platform of the service until the introduction of other ASW-capable units.

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