DND: S.Korea shipbuilder HHI eyes maintenance depot in Subic

DND: S.Korea shipbuilder HHI eyes maintenance depot in Subic


The South Koreans if it holds would be giving the Philippine Navy(PN) and the country as a whole a big favor.

According to Department of National Defense (DND) Delfin Lorenzana said there is a possibility that South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) will construct its maintenance depot in Subic, Zambales.

Lorenzana said the facility, which may rise at the former Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) shipyard in Subic Bay, would cater to the maintenance needs of all HHI-built naval vessels of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The Naval Operating Base (NOB) Subic was activated at the former Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) Shipyard in Subic in late May this year. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday (June 28, 2022) said South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries eyes constructing a maintenance depot in the same location. (Screengrab from video courtesy of Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's Facebook page)

"They are planning to construct a maintenance depot here for all (HHI-ordered) ships," Lorenzana said in his farewell meeting with reporters Tuesday, responding to queries on whether the DND will have to send its HHI-constructed ships to South Korea if they are due for repairs or maintenance.

HHI is the builder of the Philippine Navy (PN)'s first two missile frigates, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) and BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151). The firm also bagged the PHP28 billion contract for the two anti-submarine corvettes last December and the PHP30 billion offshore patrol vessel (OPV) deal.

The HHI is also the contractor for the South Korean Navy's "Pohang"-class corvettes, of which one is now in service with the PN, and another one is expected to be transferred soon.

Aside from the OPV deal, both the DND and HHI also signed on June 27 a lifetime service support contract for the sustainment of the two Jose Rizal guided-missile frigates.




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