‘We’re Getting Two French Submarines’ – DFA Secretary Locsin News

‘We’re Getting Two French Submarines’ – DFA Secretary Locsin News


Now we are talking!!!

“We’re getting two French submarines along with the full training over years of several rotations of crew,” Department of Foreign Affairs(DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a Twitter post on December 21.

This has been a long awaited development for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who lags behind in South East Asia in terms of naval assets for its territorial as well as international seas.

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Locsin announced this news while commenting on the recent interactions of French Navy Rubis-class nuclear powered submarine (SSN) FS Émeraude with United States and Japanese naval forces in Western Pacific.

Secretary Locsin added that “only now is a government making the red in our flag stand for something real: the wherewithal to make war in the national defense.”

Last month, it was announced that Naval Group, a French naval systems provider and integrator, announced that it is opening a “representation office in the Philippines to be operated in Manila.” 

Naval Group noted that “the opening signifies the first step of a long-term commitment of cooperation and partnership in developing naval capabilities for the country.”

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The French company added that it “aims to bring to the Philippines its breadth of experience and unrivalled technical expertise in ships and submarines with combat systems and all critical equipment and services necessary to engage naval power in a theatre of operations.”

According to Naval Group, “Scorpene submarine is capable of carrying out all types of missions, such as anti-surface vessel warfare, anti-submarine warfare, long-range strikes, special operations or intelligence gathering. It is extremely stealthy and fast, and is equipped with a comprehensive range of weapons (torpedoes, missiles, mines).”

“Over fourteen Scorpene submarines were sold by Naval Group internationally. Naval Group is capable of adapting it to very specifics operational and industrial requirements, creating long term partnership of trust with navies throughout the life of the submarine, covering the whole spectrum of development and industrial sovereignty of each country and a user club that joins them under common interests,” it added.



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