Philippine government will purchase remaining three decommissioned Landing Craft Heavy vessels from the Australian government. Department of National Defense public affairs chief Arsenio Andolong said these vessels will be procured with PhP726 million, a giveaway price, Agence France-Presse reports.
Australia earlier announced that its government is giving two LCV, HMAS Tarakan and Brunei to Philippine Navy. “The Landing Craft will greatly improve the Philippines’ ability to respond to natural disasters by enabling heavy equipment and large amounts of aid to be moved to affected areas,” Australian Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews last week. Two vessels will be turned over May this year.
Australian Minister Andrews also said Philippine government is considering to purchase remaining three decommissioned vessels which are HMAS Wewak, Betano and Balikpapan.
These Balikpapan-class LCVs are 44.5 meters long and can load up to 180 tons of cargo.