The Philippine Navy (PN) is grateful to the current administration for its support on military modernization. Navy chief Vice Admiral Jesus Millan said currently navy equipment and facilities are being modernized.
The top Navy official said President Aquino is supportive in modernizing the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“Of course the Navy got a good share [of] his support to our modest modernization with [the acquisition] mix of capital ships such as frigates, strategic sealift vessels (SSVs), multi-purpose assault craft, amphibious assault vehicles, upgrades of ships’ systems and Philippine Marine Corps equipment and bases,” Vice Admiral Millan told the state media Philippine News Agency.
Steel-cutting ceremony for the first unit of Makassar-class Landing Platform Dock which will act as PN’s SSV was held January 22 and is expected to be delivered May 2016. Second unit undergone the same ceremony early June and is expected to be delivered May 2017.
According to Indonesian PT PAL, builder of PN SSVS, the vessels will be 123 meters long and 21.8 meters wide cable of carrying of up to 10,300 tons of load and can stay at seas for a month.