PH Navy wants harbor in Hanjin shipyard to house large ships

PH Navy wants harbor in Hanjin shipyard to house large ships

The Philippine Navy with its ongoing modernization of its fleet want to have a piece of the facility of the Hanjin Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC-Phil) in Subic Bay, Zambales as a base for its strategic sealift vessels and other large naval ships.
"Our interest is to occupy part of Hanjin because Hanjin, that area (in Subic Bay) is blessed with a deep-sea harbor, right now, none of our strategic vessels can be accommodated in any of the Navy facilities," PN flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo J. Bacordo

The newly promoted PN Flag Officer in Command is referring to the PN’s 2 strategic sealift vessels namely the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) and BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) which are the biggest ships in the fleet with a displacement of 7,000 gross register tons.
Hanjin Facility in Subic Bay, Zambales
(photo credit to owner)

Bacordo explains that Hanjin's harbor has a minimum depth of about 10 meters which can accommodate the draft of the Tarlac-class landing docks and Del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessels and incoming frigates.
Draft refers to the vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of the hull or keel.
Drafts of the two Tarlac-class strategic sealift vessels are placed at five meters while the three Del Pilar offshore patrol vessels' is at 8.75 meters while the two Jose Rizal-class frigates are at 6.9 meters.

"That is why we want to have Hanjin we have expressed our intention to the government that (a harbor capable of accommodating large ships) is a core requirement of the PN," Bacordo added.
The strategic significance of the Hanjin facility aside from having a deep sea harbor is because it is  protected by mountains and by Grande IslandOther factors are the availability of skilled ship workers and fitters from Hanjin and the relative nearness of the facility to the Naval Education and Training Command in San Antonio, Zambales and other PN units and civilian maritime facilities and schools in the area.

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Report from  PNA

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