Philippine Navy eyes delivery of first submarines by 2027

Philippine Navy eyes delivery of first submarines by 2027




The dream of the Philippine Navy (PN) to have its very own submarines is now turning into a reality.
It was announced by Navy chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad that the Philippine Navy is looking to acquire its first ever submarines by 2027.

The PN chief has said that they have been sending personnel abroad last year for training ahead of the procurement of the submarines.
Reports have been leaked that the Philippine Navy is eyeing the Scorpene class submarines of France,just like the one in the pic.
(photo credit to owner)


“As early as December last year, we sent personnel to France to train for our submarine acquisition program, which hopefully will have the first deliveries of two submarines in 2027,” he said in his speech recently in Philippine Navy headquarters in Manila.

Last May, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved the acquisition of the two brand new submarines along with two brand new corvettes, six offshore patrol vessels and six fast attack interdiction craft.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said they have not yet selected the supplier for the submarines, but the Navy had started preparing for it.

“Wala pa namang napili, pero we have already a submarine force. Wala pang submarines, pero we are trying to improve their capabilities to run a submarine, para bago pa lang kunin yung equipment alam na ang gagawin. Para pag dumating yun, we can use them immediately,” he told reporters.

[We have not chosen a supplier, but we already have submarine force. We don’t have submarines yet, but we are trying to improve their capabilities to run a submarine so that when the equipment is delivered, we already know what to do. So when they arrive, we can use them immediately.]

The Philippine Navy is very busy and upbeat in the preparation of their incoming surface assets.
Empedrad said they have also sent 28 personnel to South Korea to start training for the Navy’s upcoming two missile-capable frigates scheduled for delivery in the next two years.

“Our personnel are trained well for these new capabilities,” he said.




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