Submarine acquisition among PH Navy's priorities

Submarine acquisition among PH Navy's priorities

The Philippine Navy (PN) knows what it wants and it has listed it as a priority for the country’s navy. They have been targeting two diesel powered submarine units for the country.
The acquisition and development of a submarine force for the Philippine Navy has become one of the priorities in the Navy.

"Of course, the Navy has a roadmap, that’s the advantage of having a roadmap. So regardless of who sits here (as PN flag-officer-in-command) next, we have a long-term plan. The submarine is part of whoever FOIC sits here until we will realize that," PN flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said.
The Scorpène-class submarines are a class of diesel-electric attack submarines jointly developed by the French Direction des Constructions Navales and the Spanish company Navantia, and now by Naval Group. (photo credit to owner)
The PN FOIC made this remark when he was asked whether he will devout the same attention to detail on the acquiring of submarines for the navy as his predecessor, Admiral Robert Empedrad.
This is the reason why the PN has already formed a Submarine Group, Bacordo added.
"The personnel there, the officers and the enlisted, they are the ones determining what kind of submarine do we need, they're the ones crafting the required doctrines, they're the ones determining how the Navy will be organized with the submarine (as part of its fleet), the training required," he said.

While waiting for the equipment, the Philippine Navy has been sending officers and enlisted personnels of the PN's Submarine Group have been going abroad for training on how to operate and man a submersible vessel.
"These officers and enlisted men they have been going abroad for training, they’ve been to (South) Korea, to France for all of this submarine training. So that when the submarines arrive, we can say that we are not starting from zero," he added.
According to the PN the French made - Scorpene, constructed by French defense manufacturer Naval Group is said to be high on the list of preferred submarine platforms of the country and was evaluated by naval and defense officials last year.

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