PH, France discuss possible submarine deal, joint patrols

PH, France discuss possible submarine deal, joint patrols

A welcome development in the relationship between the Philippines and France.

Both countries are discussing the possibility of expanding maritime cooperation, principally in the areas of the possibility of conducting joint patrols in the West Philippine Sea and developing a submarine fleet for Manila.

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Rear Admiral Jean-Mathieu Rey, joint commander of the French Armed Forces in the Asia-Pacific, said France suggested joint patrols in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

“We propose common patrol in this area, for instance, patrolling together in the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines…and if the Philippines will decide to deploy forces around New Caledonia, they will be welcome to operate with us,” Rey told reporters


He continued: “As I mentioned to my partner – and they agreed – we are stronger together. And against big competitors, it’s better to be two or more, able to react and able to give testimony and prove that we, the Philippine and the French forces, for example, stick together…against another big neighbor like the Chinese.”


Rey underscored the importance of such efforts in upholding international law, promoting multilateralism, and protecting the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region. In recent years, France has placed increasing emphasis on its strategy toward the region, describing itself as a “country in the Indo-Pacific,” where it counts over 9 million square kilometers in its EEZ. 


 Submarines for the PH Navy



France has been eyed by the country to be the source for the country’s first ever submarines for it naval force.

Funding remains a significant hurdle in modernization, including the potential acquisition of submarines.

“We are exploring also at the moment, and we’ve been exploring ever since I’ve arrived, how to answer the request that was made to us…on the modernization of the Philippine Army. Actually, it was even one of the priorities that President Duterte mentioned when I presented my credentials to him,” she said. 





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