PH Navy to acquire two more S.Korean Pohang class-corvettes

PH Navy to acquire two more S.Korean Pohang class-corvettes

Understanding the value of the capabilities of the newly acquired and commissioned BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39), the Philippine Navy (PN) would like to acquire to more of the Pohang class corvettes to add to its existing fleet.

"Yes, the PN is 'looking and hoping' for two more 'Pohang' vessels to ensure that we have at least three ships in its class and it was clear in a message delivered by the FOIC (Flag-Officer-In-Command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad) and the SND (Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana) himself," Navy acting spokesperson, Capt. Henry Quinto told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

BRP Conrado Yap is the former South Korean Navy’s "Chungju", arrived last August 19.

Pohang Class Corvettes
(photo credit to wikipedia)

During the formal arrival ceremony accorded to the PN’s newest acquisition, Flag-Officer-In-Command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad and the Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzanaexpressed their hope that the South Korean government will give at least two more "Pohang"-class corvettes to boost the PN surface fleet.

Capt. Quintotold PNA that two more corvettes with anti-submarine warfare capability is an ideal set up for the Philippine Navy since it will ensure that one ship is always on patrol while one is to undergo training with its crew and in reserve.

 "Pohang"-class corvettes, especially those designated as Flight II, are optimized for anti-submarine warfare missions.
The BRP Conrado Yap is armed with two 76mm Oto Melara automatic guns, two Oto Breda 40mm light cannons, two triple torpedo tubes and surveillance systems like radar and sonar.

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Report from PNA

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