Philippine Navy eyes Hanjin's Subic shipyard as submarine base

Philippine Navy eyes Hanjin's Subic shipyard as submarine base




The Philippine Navy sees what the American sees in Subic Bay- an ideal site for a naval base.

The Philippine Navy (PN) bared its plans to construct the base of its proposed submarine arm inside the facility of the cash-strapped South Korean company Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC-Phils) in Subic Bay, Zambales.



This information was told by Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, PN flag-officer-in-command, when he was asked where could a submarine base can be located once the acquisition of the  said vessel kicks off.

Facility of  Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC-Phils) in Subic Bay, Zambales
(photo credit to owner)


"Once there's a contract, the buyout is completed, then we will (use part of the site of) Hanjin to provide housing for our submarines. We can construct finger pier(s) for our submarines (to tie-up) and the (depth of) water there (is sufficient) to accommodate our submarines," Empedrad said.

"We will also develop Sangley Point (in Cavite City) for alternate housing of our submarines," the PN chief added.

The acquisition of two diesel-electric submarine units has been up, and is thoroughly being studied under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration.



The PN is looking at the French defense manufacturer, Naval Group's   “Scorpene class submarines” to fill the needs of the country.






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Report from PNA

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