PH Navy activates 4 more AAVs, 3 MPACs

PH Navy activates 4 more AAVs, 3 MPACs

The modernization programs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is moving despite budgetary constraints.
This is evident with the Philippine Navy (PN) when it recently activated four more amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) and three more multi-purpose attack craft (MPACs), further increasing the capabilities of the organization in protecting the country’s waters and Philippine Marine troops.

The ceremonies were attended by no less the Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in PN headquarters at Naval Station Jose Andrada, Roxas Boulevard.
Philippine Navy's Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs)
(photo credit to owner)

Lorenzana said the activation of the new assets are part of the government's efforts to ensure that the military will have adequate resources to carry out its mandate of protecting the country and its people.
"The presence of credible defense (is) not a means to war, but to achieve peace, security, and economic progress," he added.
He further explains that the government has been focusing on its national security agenda by beefing up the military's capabilities to allow it to respond to threats and defend the country's freedom, peace and security.

He adds that the AAVs and the MPACs are among the equipment needed to fulfill the PN's mandate
The brand new the AAVs will be based aboard the two strategic sealift vessels of PN, the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) and the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602).
"The four AAVs form part of the recently activated Assault Amphibian Company under the Assault Armor Battalion of the Philippine Marine Corps. These amphibious landing vehicles allow our Marine operating forces to assault any shoreline from decks of Navy ships and provide them with armor protection, surface mobility for amphibious and mechanized operations, communications and projection of the 'anvil' force coastal defense," acting PN public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said.

Meanwhile, the three MPACs will be armed with Spike-ER surface-to-surface missiles, potentially boosting the number of missile-armed craft of the PN to six.
Philippine Navy's MPAC
(photo credit to owner)

"These brand new MPACs are in addition to the three missile-fitted fast craft that historically ushered the PN into the missile age last year," Roxas added

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Report from PNA

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