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Philippine Navy Modernization

3 brand-new naval choppers commissioned to AFP service

MANILA, Philippines- Three brand-new naval helicopters seen to boost the country’s military patrol and territorial defense were commissioned to military service on Thursday. Blessing and commissioning rites were held at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Thanksgiving Day at Camp Aguinaldo, with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin as guest of honor. It was also attended by AFP […] Continue reading →

DND Beefing Up Navy With New Choppers

MANILA, Philippines — Recognizing the need for additional naval and air platform to secure the country’s vast maritime territory, the Department of National Defense (DND) plans to acquire two more AW 109 Power helicopters for the Philippine Navy. This will be in addition to the three naval choppers expected to be delivered by 2014. The […] Continue reading →

6 more countries offer to sell warships to Philippines – DND

MANILA – At least six foreign countries are offering frigates to the Philippines after the Department of National Defense (DND) expressed interest in purchasing at least two more warships to boost territorial defense amid the dispute at West Philippine Sea. Fernando Manalo, Defense Undersecretary for finance, munitions, installations and materiel, disclosed that aside from Italy, countries that are offering their […] Continue reading →

PHL looking to 6 countries for new frigates

At least six countries are now competing for a contract to supply the Philippine armed forces with two frigates, which would significantly bolster the country’s maritime defense capability. Defense undersecretary for finance, munitions, installations and materiel Fernando Manalo said that five countries – South Korea, US, Israel, Croatia and Australia – had made their own […] Continue reading →

Naval helicopters to be delivered by 2014

MANILA — With the signing of the contract of agreement for the Philippines’ three naval helicopters a done deal, the Dept. of National Defense expects the aircraft to be delivered and commissioned by 2014. This is expected to gain impetus with the submission of the letter of credit to the manufacturer, AugustaWestland S.P.A., within the […] Continue reading →

DND signs P1.3-billion contract for naval helicopters

The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday said it had signed a P1.3-billion ($32-million) contract for the acquisition of three Italian-made helicopters for the Philippine Navy, a move that, according to the defense chief, shows a “louder and clearer” intent to modernize the military. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin announced the modernization move as China […] Continue reading →