SND Lorenzana favors Austal's proposal to build Navy ships in PH

SND Lorenzana favors Austal's proposal to build Navy ships in PH

The Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has made his intentions ever since last year that he wants offshore patrol vessels (OPV) for the Philippine Navy.
Lorenzana is on to something that will benefit all parties concerned, but most especially the country.

He is laying the proposal that as national defense secretary he is very much inclined to enter into an agreement with Australia-based global shipbuilder and defense contractor, Austal, regarding the proposed offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) of the Philippine Navy (PN).

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Austal has a local subsidiary, Austal Philippines, operating in Balamban, Cebu.
"As far as I'm concerned, I like it because it (could) be built in the Philippines using Filipino laborers," said the DND chief in an interview with GMA News Digital.
Lorenzana has in mind that if the OPVs are built in local shore , Filipino laborers and technical staff can be tapped.

Also, Lorenzana said that the proposed deal will further develop the country's relationship with Australia.
"It's good to develop relationship with our neighbors. The Australians are willing to help us," he added.
Lorenzana earlier raised Austal's possible participation in the OPV project last year.
The DND chief also stressed that Austal Philippines has volunteered to build the proposed OPVs.
"They are volunteering to build our offshore patrol vessel. We’re looking into that," he added.

Austal is offering a larger version of its 80-meter Cape-class patrol vessels being used by the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy.
Six units of OPVs is the desired number for the Philippine Navy. 

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