Philippine Navy has launch new vessel and helicopter to Marawi City
Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, PN flag-officer-in-command, identified the ships as the newly-acquired BRP Tarlac (LD-601) and BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602).
“The PN vessels [which were deployed during the Marawi Siege] include LD-601 and LD-602, her sister ship, these are the products of our PN Modernization Program [that we] were able to complete,” he added.
BRP Tarlac was delivered and commissioned in May 2016 while BRP Davao Del Sur was activated May this year.
Both ships have an overall length of 120 meters,breadth of 21 meters, draft of five meters and can carry a payload of 2,800 tons and a cruising speed of 13 knots and maximum speed of 16 knots and a minimum operating range of 7,500 nautical miles.
Both vessels are capable of transporting 500 troops, two rigid-hull inflatable boats, two landing craft units and three helicopters.
Mercado said the ships were utilized to transport much needed equipment combat vehicles artillery, ammunitions, various logistics requirements and military personnel critical to the successful conclusion of the Marawi City operation.
Also deployed for recon and air strikes missions were the Agusta Westland AW-109 combat utility and attack helicopters of the PN. These aircraft were acquired during 2014 and 2015 period.
“On the other hand, our pilots aboard of our Agusta helicopters provided the aerial intelligence surveillance and [recon] operations and the air strikes day and night to support the operating ground troops,” the PN chief added.
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
November 7, 2017
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte graced the 67th Birthday of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC), and led the awarding of plaques and ceremonial cake cutting at the Bonifacio Naval Station in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
In his message, the President said he would release PhP500-million to be allotted to the wounded and disabled soldiers, which will be coursed directly to Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana for speedy disbursement.
“I want ‘yung mabilisan na, sabi ko, Ibigay ko na lang sa opisina ‘yan ni Delfin and siya na ang bahala for the immediate release of the medicines and to shop around for the titaniums. It’s quite expensive but in the long run, it would have its benefits and make the soldiers happy again… I love my soldiers and I love my police. And you can be very sure that I am there when the moment needs me. Nandiyan ako sa tabi ninyo,” the President said.
On the ongoing West Philippine Sea disputes, the President said he had asserted the Philippines’ territorial claims over Pag-asa Island and similar small territories to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who, in turn, gave his assurance that he will not touch nor build anything on the Scarborough Shoal.
During the event, the President conferred medals and plaques of recognition to 12 PMC soldiers and private organizations that rendered invaluable support and service to the PMC at the height of Marawi crisis. The occasion also paid tribute to its fallen soldiers killed-in-action.
Organized on November 7, 1950, under the orders of President Elpidio Quirino and Ramon Magsaysay, then Secretary of National Defense, the Philippine Marine Corps today is considered one of the elite forces of the Philippines, operating against communist insurgencies, Moro rebellion, terrorism, as well as to promote peace and development, living up to its motto: ‘Karangalan, Katungkulan, Kabayanihan’.
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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) will complete its squadron of 12 FA-50 lead-in fighter trainers by May 2017, military spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said.
“By May, there will be a complete delivery of 12 with the arrival of 11th and 12th FA-50 aircraft. It is ahead of the scheduled completion of July 2017,” Padilla said.
“It was a goodwill gesture of the manufacturer because their assembly line seems to have freed up for some orders. And they prioritized the Philippines,” he added.
The 4th batch of two FA-50s – tail numbers 007 and 008 – that arrived in late March were formally received on Thursday, April 6, in a ceremony at the Air Force City inside Clark Air Base in Pampanga.
The remaining 4 FA-50s will arrive in two batches in April and in May.
The squadron of 12 FA-50s from South Korea was acquired by the previous Aquino administration for P18 billion, one of two big-ticket items in the country’s modest military modernization program. The Philippine Navy procured two new frigates for P18 billion, also from South Korea.
The FA-50 is technically a fighter trainer but the PAF acquired it to perform multiple roles. The aircraft were acquired by the previous administration to boost the country’s defenses in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) given China’s aggressiveness in claiming maritime territories there.
The FA-50s are not known to have been deployed to the West Philippine Sea, however. Instead, they have been deployed for surgical airstrikes against local terrorists in Mindanao.
“The aircraft have been tested and employed against some armed groups and some evil elements. We have found it to be an efficient platform for close air support,” Padilla said.
The acquisition of the FA-50s marked the PAF’s return to the supersonic age a decade after retiring the last of its US-made F5 fighter jets in 2005. (READ: PH Air Force a joke no more, gets fighter jets)
The video below shows the formal transfer of the 3rd batch of FA-50s in February.
The Philippine Navy sent-off BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17) on September 30 at Pier 13, South Harbor Manila for a port visit to Brunei and naval exercise with the Malaysian navy.
BRP Andres Bonifacio is the third Del Pilar-class Frigate of the Philippines.
FF17 will be participating in the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah beginning on October 4 in Brunei Darussalam.
“The activity is part of the various confidence building initiatives undertaken by the Philippine Navy with their Bruniean counterparts,” the Philippine Navy said.
She will then proceed to Malaysia for the Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia-Philippines (MALPHI) LAUT 20-17 which will take place October 16 to 25.
“MTA MALPHI LAUT is an annual bilateral exercise between PN and RMN that aims to enhance interoperability, working relationship and camaraderie through the conduct of coordinated maritime patrol training focusing on common maritime threats and other illegal maritime activities in both countries,” the Philippine Navy said.
Airbus Helicopters is looking to break into the Philippines’ military market with its H145M light-utility/attack platform, Fabrice Rochereau, the company’s head of sales for Southeast Asia, has disclosed to Jane’s .
The company has positioned the H145M to meet a Philippine Air Force (PAF) requirement for a fleet of night-capable attack helicopters.
Future opportunities for the platform may also emerge in the Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippines Coast Guard (PCG).
Rochereau explained that the PAF programme represents a major opportunity for the company to penetrate the Philippines’ military market after years of dominating the country’s civilian/paramilitary rotary-wing sectors.
These helicopters are currently supported by the company’s local subsidiary, Airbus Helicopters Philippines Incorporation (AHPI), and its joint venture partnership with the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC).
The partnership is based in Pasay, near Manila.
“We have more than a 50% share of the civilian and paramilitary market,” Rochereau said.
“But we admit that we have been unable to break into the military market in the Philippines, which continues to operate many US-made, Vietnam War-era helicopters.
“Having said that, we now sense a real opportunity to supply our helicopters to the [PAF] to meet a requirement for night-attack helicopters, for which we are proposing the H145M helicopter … It’s a multirole helicopter with a significant weapon system.”