The Philippine Navy plans to acquire more modern warships over the next five years to be on par with neighboring Southeast Asian countries.
According to Rear Adm. Cesar Bernard Valencethe country awaits the arrival seven additional Acero-class gunboats over the next few years.
It will also purchase new offshore patrol vessels, construction landing docks and next-generation corvettes.
Valencia revealed that the arrival of new Philippine Navy warships would give them an average age of 10 years, “comparable to and even better than our maritime neighbors.”
Currently, the navy operates two brand new guided missile frigates, two anti-submarine helicopters, two landing docks and 12 general purpose attack craft.
Six warships are also equipped with Israeli Spike-ER surface-to-surface missiles.
“Modern and versatile”
In his inauguration speech as the new acting captain, Valencia recalled a memorable experience with an aging warship that he and other naval personnel used during a naval exercise.
He said that due to the ship’s obsolescence they missed a target “by a mile” and were ordered to cease fire as the bridge was weak and on the verge of collapse.
“So much rust was raining down below deck from the recoil of our naval guns,” he added.
However, Valencia noted that the Philippine Navy has done a lot to modernize its fleet.
“As we continue to navigate our visionary year in 2028 to be modern and versatile, the Navy’s promise to our maritime nation is that your Navy can still be better and your Navy will be better,” the official remarked.
“And while much has been accomplished over the years, the Navy’s proudest moments are yet to come.”