SoKor to turn over another Pohang-class corvette to PH Navy this year

SoKor to turn over another Pohang-class corvette to PH Navy this year


South Korea is indeed becoming a reliable military ally of the country.

It was recently announced that it will turn over to the Philippines a Pohang-class corvette this year. This according to Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

It will be another addition to the Philippine Navy’s capability to conduct maritime patrols around its vast archipelago.

Recently-upgraded Pohang-class corvette ROKS Andong (PCC-771) (photo credit to owner)


“It was contingent to our ordering two corvettes from them,” Lorenzana said referring to the recently signed P28 billion contract with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in December for the construction of two corvettes for the Philippine Navy.

“So now that we have pushed through with the corvettes, we expect the Pohang to be transferred to us soon,” he said.


Lorenzana said he hoped that the ship would be delivered “before June 30,” the date President Rodrigo Duterte’s single six-year term ends.


“There are things to be done by the Koreans such as making repairs, removing equipment that are not included, making the ship seaworthy, training the crew. Then the papers,” he said.

(photo credit to owner)


It was reported in Inquirer that a Philippine Navy delegation conducted a joint visual inspection in South Korea in November last year for the potential transfer of decommissioned Pohang-class corvette ROKS Andong (PCC-771), which served the Republic of Korea Navy for 32 years.

(photo credit to owner)


This would be the second Pohang-class corvette from Seoul. In 2019, South Korea donated ROKS Chungju (PCC-762), now called BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39).



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