Three More MPACs to Arrive in August

June 4, 2019 – The Philippine Navy (PN) is expected to take possession of three additional multi-purpose attack craft (MPACs) armed with the Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system by August this year. This was bared by Navy spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata when sought for an update regarding the fast and hard-hitting boats Monday afternoon. “The three MPACs being constructed are still with the builder and will still undergo the systems integration phase in one of the facilities in Subic. Based from the approved contract, the…

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Rizal-class frigates acquisition a ‘strategic move’: Navy chief

May 23, 2019 (PNA) – The top official of the Philippine Navy (PN) on Thursday described as a strategic move the commissioning of the missile frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), which was formally launched at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in this city on Thursday. PN flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, said the ship will be the most powerful unit in the PN inventory as it is armed with sensors and weapons capable of detecting and neutralizing any incoming surface, sub-surface and air threats aside from having the capability…

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Philippine Navy to Receive Three Additional MPACs This Year

May 24, 2019 (PNA) – The Philippine Navy (PN) is expected to acquire another three multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) armed with the Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system this year. “We have another three (in the process of) building, and they are expected to be delivered this year. They will also be armed with the Spike-ER missiles,” PN flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) shortly after the launch of the missile frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150),…

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BRP Conrado Yap to Arrive in July

May 24, 2019 (PNA) – BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39), formerly the South Korean “Pohang” class corvette Chungju, will sail home to the Philippines in July and is set to boost the Navy’s anti-submarine and anti-surface capabilities. This was disclosed by Philippine Navy flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad in an interview shortly after the launch of the country’s first missile frigate, the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) at the Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea’s southeastern city of Ulsan Thursday. “The ship will be delivered to the Philippines by July…

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Philippine Navy to get 25-30 More Warships: Empedrad

May 25, 2019 (PNA) – The Philippine Navy (PN) is planning to acquire 25 to 30 warships of various types within the next five to 10 years as part of its efforts to augment its fleet. “We have plans to acquire 25 to 30 in the next five to 10 years. (This) includes corvettes, OPVs (offshore patrol vessels), and even submarines,” PN flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad told reporters shortly after the keel-laying ceremony for the second missile frigate, BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), at Dock 4 of Hyundai Heavy…

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Philippines Navy’s First Two ASW Helicopters to Arrive in May

February 1, 2019 – The Philippine Navy’s (PN) first two anti-submarine helicopters, the AgustaWestland AW-159 “Wildcat”, are set to arrive in May. “Anti-submarine helicopters are in the process of being acquired (and) additional info from the PN (said) they will arrive in May 2019,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) when sought for an update on the aircraft Thursday night. These aircraft, upon integration, will provide the PN the capability to detect, monitor and if necessary, engage surface and sub-surface threats. Earlier…

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Philippine Exercise PAGSISIKAP 2018 Concludes

November 29, 2018 – The Philippine Navy concluded the Exercise PAGSISIKAP 2018 in a Closing Ceremony held aboard BRP Davao del Sur docked at Legazpi City Port, Thursday, November 29, 2018. The closing ceremony was graced by the Flag Officer in-Command, VICE ADMIRAL ROBERT A EMPEDRAD AFP. In his message, VADM EMPEDRAD AFP underscored the importance of conducting the training exercise especially now that the Philippine Navy is modernizing its capabilities. Exercise PAGSISIKAP 2018 is the 15th iteration of the annual Fleet-Marine amphibious exercise conducted by the Philippine Navy that…

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Older Vessels Costlier to Operate, Maintain

November 5, 2018 – It actually costs more to operate and maintain older naval vessels, Philippine Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said Monday. Zata made this comment when pressed on whether or not the recent decommissioning of some of its senior vessels left the Navy short-handed. “We’re actually optimizing available resources in decommissioning Navy ships. Personnel, equipment and funds needed to maintain older ships are being rechanneled to support newer and more capable vessels. It actually cost more funds to maintain and sustain older ships than it is for newer…

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U.S., Philippines strengthen alliance with Maritime Training Activity 2018

The U.S. and Philippines navies kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama at Naval Station Ernesto Ogbinar in San Fernando City, Philippines, July 9. The week-long engagement focuses on the full spectrum of naval capabilities and is designed to strengthen the close partnership between both navies while cooperatively ensuring maritime security, stability and prosperity. Expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3), diving and salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) and a P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft will operate alongside Philippine Navy frigate BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16) and…

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Russian Navy Conducts PASSEX with Philippine Navy After Manila Departure

On April 14th, a Pacific Fleet task force composed of the major ASW ships Admiral Tributs, Admiral Vinogradov and middle sea tanker Pechenga completed its unofficial visit to Manila, which began June 9th. During the visit, the detachment commander Captain 1 Rank Oleg Korolyov met with the Commander of the Navy and Commander of the Coast Guard of the Philippines. Igor Khovayev, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Palau and Federated States of Micronesia, the detachment commander and commanding…

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US to Export Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar in Foreign Military Sales Deal

Saab will supply the Sea Giraffe AMB naval radar system to the US Navy (USN) for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal between the US and the Philippines. The Sea Giraffe AMB (designated as AN/SPS-77 by the USN) will be installed on two Philippine Navy frigates: BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), both former US Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutters. The sale also includes Saab’s 9LV for radar control and display for enhanced situational awareness. “With Sea Giraffe AMB currently part of three separate US Navy programmes,…

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Four More Frigates Needed to Secure PH Seas: Navy Chief

To fully protect the country’s vast maritime domains and resources, the Philippines needs four more modern frigates aside from the two contracted with South Korean shipbuilder, Hyudai Heavy Industries (HHI). This was the remark of Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad when asked how many more modern warships the Navy needs to fully secure the country’s maritime domains. Empedrad issued this statement during the Frigate Acquisition Project hearing at the Senate last Feb. 19 where issues concerning the brand of combat management system (CMS) to be installed were…

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U.S. Delivers New Aerostat Radar System to Philippine Navy

Col. Ernest C. Lee, Chief of the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group in the Philippines, formally transferred a new 28M Class Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) to Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy (PN) Vice Adm. Joseph Ronald S. Mercado in a turn-over ceremony at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) in Zambales on August 22, 2017. Vice Adm. Mercado was the guest of honor and keynote speaker, and U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Michael Klecheski also delivered remarks during the turnover. The 28M Class…

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