DND Sec. Lorenzana prefers more SoKor-donated ships for PH Navy

DND Sec. Lorenzana prefers more SoKor-donated ships for PH Navy


Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has made it public his preference of South Korean naval vessels, since the latest retired vessels from their military are readily operational and could be quickly put into service with the Philippine Navy (PN).

This was the reply of Lorenzana when asked if South Korea is still offering to the country their decommissioned “Pohang” class corvettes which will be of big help in boosting the naval capacity of the Philippine Navy.

“South Korea has already given the Navy a ‘Pohang’-class frigate (corvette) last year and has made known that they have another two ‘Pohang’ class available. The PN desires to get them to have three ‘Pohang’ [corvettes in its inventory],” Lorenzana said in a message to government owned and managed Philippine News Agency (PNA).

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The DND Secretary added that the Philippines is keen to avail of this offer especially if it comes at no cost to the country.

“If [it is] no cost to us, why not,” Lorenzana said, adding that South Korea is a “better giver as they give a perfectly operational ship.”

The PN’s BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) was part of the  “Pohang”-class corvette donated by South Korea to the Philippines, the former Republic of Korea Navy “Chungju.”

“Pohang”-class corvettes, especially those designated as Flight II, are optimized for anti-submarine warfare missions.

It is armed with two 76mm Oto Melara automatic guns, two Oto Breda 40mm light cannons, depth-charge racks, and two triple torpedo tubes and surveillance systems like radar and sonar.

The ship measures 88.3 meters long, with a beam of 10 meters and a draft of 2.9 meters with displacement at 1,216 tons full load. It is rated for a crew of 118 personnel and can sustain an operational presence for 20 days.

BRP Conrado Yap’s combined diesel or gas (CODOG) propulsion configuration of motor transport unit (MTU) diesel engines and LM2500 gas turbine with controllable pitch propellers (CPP) enable the ship to move to a maximum speed up to 32 knots to a distance of 4,000 nautical miles. 



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