Philippine Navy Modernization Plans

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    The Philippine Navy (PN) is need of P500 billion under its 15-year strategic development plan to upgrade its warfare capabilities.
    Lt. Commander Nerelito Martinez, Philippine Fleet acting chief of staff for plans and programs (F5), in a published Navy journal this month, said the multi-billion funding would be used to bankroll its “Philippine Fleet Desired Force Mix” strategy concept.

    Martinez said the newly-developed naval strategy calls for the acquisition within a 15-year-period of six frigates configured for anti-air warfare, 12 corvettes designed for anti-submarine warfare; 18 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OVs) that will compose the backbone for naval patrol.To effectively address naval underwater and mine warfare, the Philippine Fleet planners came up with a proposal for the procurement of three submarines and three Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs).

    For its amphibious, sealift and auxiliary services requirements the “Fleet Desired Force Mix” concept, Martinez said that the Navy fighting force should have four Strategic Sealift Vessels (SSVs) capable to move one brigade of Marines amphibious force or any ground force and its support system; 18 Landing Craft Utility (LCU), three Logistics Support/Replenishment Ship (LSS), three Ocean tugs, six Yard/Fire Tugs which would provide critical support warships in docking and undocking.

    In Interdiction and Special Boat Operations (ISBO), the Fleet is also eyeing additional procurement of 12 Cyclone class Coast Patrol Interdiction Craft (CPIC), 30 Patrol gunboats, 42 Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPACs) and 24 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs).


    The plan calls for the following mix of assets:

    Six (6) frigates configured for anti-air warfare
    Twelve (12) corvettes designed for anti-submarine warfare
    18 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OVs)
    Three (3) submarines
    Three (3) Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs)
    Four (4) Strategic Sealift Vessels (SSVs)
    18 Landing Craft Utility (LCU)
    Three (3) Logistics Support/Replenishment Ship (LSS)
    Three (3) Ocean tugs
    Six Yard/Fire Tugs
    12 Cyclone class Coast Patrol Interdiction Craft (CPIC),
    30 Patrol gunboats,
    42 Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPACs)
    24 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs)
    Eight (8) Amphibious Maritime Patrol Aircraft (AMPA)
    18 Naval Helicopters embarked aboard frigates and corvettes
    Eight (8) Multi-Purpose Helicopters (MPH) [embarked aboard the SSVs]

    The Philippine Navy’s 15-year development plan �

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