The Philippine Navy is set to commission two strategic sealift vessels, two state-of-the-art frigates from 2016 to 2018. With the arrival of these major acquisitions not less than five navy vessels which are uneconomically advisable to be repaired will be decommissioned.
The two strategic sealift vessels are being built by Indonesian PT PAL and the first unit will be delivered during the second quarter of 2016. “These ships can be used for military and non-military operations such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, sealift, logistics, rescue operations or as a floating government center platform,” says Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad.
These strategic sealift vessels are designed to carry two 10-ton helicopters on deck and one 10-ton chopper on hangar.
While the contract for the two brand new frigates is expected to be awarded early next year. Philippine Navy expects these warships to be delivered in three years time – from 2017 to 2018.