GREAT NEWS!:Israel unveils first 2 Shaldag Mk. V fast attack interdiction craft built for the PH Navy

GREAT NEWS!:Israel unveils first 2 Shaldag Mk. V fast attack interdiction craft built for the PH Navy


Good news from Israel.


The Philippine Navy(PN)  will soon add two brand new units of fast-attack interdiction craft (FAICs) in its growing floating assets.

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The two FAICs – the Navy’s first pair of small but agile, offensive, and missile-equipped vessels – were launched at the port of Israel Shipyards Limited in Haifa, Israel last June 26, according to Commander Benjo Negranza, PN spokesperson.

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“The acquisition of the new craft is the latest in the Philippine Navy’s pursuit to become a modern and multi-capable naval force, responsible for protecting our maritime nation’s sovereignty,” he said in a statement on Monday night, June 27.


The launching of the FAICs was a prelude to the ongoing conduct of its pre-delivery inspection until June 30. It is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The ceremony was attended by the future crew members of the FAICs, one of which will be called BRP Lolinato To-Ong, named after a Marine officer who was a recipient of the coveted Medal of Valor.

The team was led by Commodore Alfonso Torres Jr., chairperson of the pre-delivery inspection team, and Commodore Roy Vincent Trinidad, chairperson of the project management team of the FAIC Acquisition Project.

“This project enables the Philippine Navy to make a ‘leap-frog’ approach in strengthening our littoral defense capability in the areas of warfare, sustainment, and technical knowledge,” Torres Jr. said.

He thanked Israel for “paving the way” for the realization of the acquisition of the Navy’s first FAICs and the complete transfer of its technology which is “a first of its kind in our defense cooperation.”





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