PH Navy to acquire patrol vessels via gov't-to'gov't deal

PH Navy to acquire patrol vessels via gov't-to'gov't deal

The Philippine Navy (PN) is not engaging in any arms race in the region, but it true that we badly need to beef up our naval fleet for the protection of our marine territories.

The PN thru government-to-government procurement approach will acquire their brand new offshore patrol vessel(OPV’s)

"Yes, because we are availing of Australian government financing (for the project)," Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) over the weekend.

Austal's rendition of the proposed PN OPV's
(photo credit to Austal)

The PN aims to have six brand new OPV’s for PHP30 billion, a project that Australia-based global shipbuilder and defense contractor Austal has expressed interest to participate in.

In naval parlance an OPV is a large vessel  capable of long-distance patrolling.

Austal is offering a larger version of its 80-meter Cape-class patrol vessels being used by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Border Force. Earlier, Lorenzana said the PN is preferring a government-to-government approach in acquiring the vessels.

"Government-to-government is (the procurement process being favored) by the PN," the DND chief said.

The OPV project  are part of Horizon Two of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program and expected to replace the World War II corvettes and minesweepers still in PN service as of this time.

Government-to-government procurement approach is an advantage as it does not require a large capital outlay and has sovereign guarantee aside from the equipment being acquired much easier and faster.

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Report from PNA

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