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Philippine Navy unveils new air and sea assets on their 121st Founding Anniversary - YouTube

One of the major highlights in the celebration of the Philippine Navy’s (PN) 121st founding anniversary this year is the unveiling of its new and modern equipment.

PN’s latest acquisition were two Augusta Westland AW159 Wildcat anti-submarine helicopters purchased from the UK for 5.4 billion pesos.

These anti-submarine helicopters are armed with torpedoes which can be deployed once a submarine is detected loitering illegally within Philippine waters.  

The choppers will initially be part of two Del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessels of the Philippine Navy and will eventually be assigned to the two new frigates BRP Jose Rizal and Antonio Luna set to be delivered in 2020-2021.

The Philippine Navy also showcased their new Hanwha Defense Systems KAAV- 7A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles from South Korea, purchased at 2.42 billion pesos.

These have the capacity to safely transport soldiers at sea to land with their state-of-the-art armor protection system.

Commander of the Naval Air Group (CNAG) Capt. Juario Marayag said this is a good addition to the Philippine Navy.

He added that the acquisition of these new naval assets is very synchronized with the mission of the Navy, “The Navy 2020”, “to be a more credible and stronger Navy”.

These new assets are part of the Part 1 Horizon Phase 1 of the revised AFP Modernization Program (RAFPMP).

Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the purchase of these naval assets will greatly enhance the Philippine Navy’s capability to defend our territories.

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PH Coast Guard commissions two more MRRV's from Japan - YouTube

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commissions two new Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRV), to be used primarily for disaster response, seas' oil pollution control and marine environment protection.

The BRP Bagacay and Cape Engaño have features such as fire monitors, night vision camera, radio direction finder, work boat and a bullet-proof navigational bridge.

The MRRVs have a standard cruising speed of 25 knots, and a range of 1,500 nautical miles.

Under the project terms, the MRRVs will be the primary rescue vessels within the PCG district’s area of responsibility (AOR) when the extent of the disaster is beyond the capability of floating assets deployed within the area; provision of assistance in the control of oil pollution and protection of the marine environment; enforcement of all applicable maritime laws within the designated AOR, particularly relating to illegal fishing and sea patrol; service as platform for rapid response during relief operations in the area; and transportation of personnel and logistical support.

BRP Bagacay under the helm of Commander Joel M Simo-ag PCG and BRP Cape Engaño under Commander Dennis Rem C Labay PCG as its Commanding Officers, were built by the Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation in Yokohama, Japan.

The vessels were named after Lighthouse Bagacay in Liloan, Cebu and Lighthouse Cape Engaño in Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan respectively.

The acquisition of the vessels was implemented as an official development assistance via tied loan extended by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
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WITNESS | PH Navy succesfully tested first Spike ER Missile System - YouTube

The Philippine Navy conducted a successful testing of its new missile system mounted on the navy's Multi-Purpose Attack Craft or MPAC MKIII.

The Spike ER missile accurately hit it's designated target 6 kilometer away under moderately rough waves while moving.

Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC MK3) on it's way to its acceptance test in Bataan. Photo courtesy: PH Navy

The tests conducted in Bataan included sea acceptance tests (SAT) for the Mini Typhoon Machine Gun Systems and the Spike-Extended Range Missile Launching System of Rafael Advance Defense System from Israel.

The Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee of the Department of National Defense oversaw the test firing activity.

DND has scheduled another live firing demonstration to be attended by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
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PH Airforce acquires unmanned aerial system from US - YouTube

The Philippine Airforce acquired ScanEagle unmanned aerial system from United States of America.

Earlier today, the new 6 military drones was formally turned over to the Philippines in the presence of US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim.

Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the ScanEagle drones will be used in the troops internal security operations, counter-terrorism and maritime patrol.

He also said that, this acquisition of ScanEagle is one way to modernize the military to deter those who want to wage war against our country.

Lorenzana adds that the drones will also be utilized to improve the government’s response before and after typhoons and other natural disasters particularly in estimating the areas damaged by calamities or even locations of victims and survivors.

They can also help authorities to curb illegal logging and illegal fishing activities through aerial surveys.

The two officials believes that the drones represent the strenght of the Philippines and US partnership in terms of defense capability enhancement.

“We profoundly desire to maintain our strong connection and camaraderie with the United States as well as to expand common interest and handle differences with understanding and respect.” said the secretary.

US ambassador Sung Kim states that these assets would be very useful in improving AFP’s capability to detect terrorist activities, piracy and territorial encroachment.

The units, which come as part of one system, are equipped with two cameras and can stay in the air for maximum of 24 hours.

The six drones were financed through a $13.7 million grant from the US's foreign military assistance program.


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3 new MMRV commissioned alongside PH Coast Guard’s 116th year - YouTube

Alongside the Philippine Coast Guard’s 116th anniversary, three Multi-role Response Vessels were commissioned namely MRRV-4404 Capones, MRRV-4406 Suluan and MRRV-4407 Sindangan.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is likely to send three Multi-role Response Vessels (MRRV) it acquired from Japan to the West Philippine Sea.

The Japanese government also formally handed over to the PCG three 7- meter rigid hull inflatable boats in show of support to the Philippine Coast Guard’s role in implementing law and security in the coastal regions of the country.

Four MRRV are still to be delivered to the Philippines by the Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA to complete the ten vessels promised by Japan.

According to national security secretary Hermogenes Esperon, one of the priorities for the deployment of the coast guard is the patrol of the West Philippine Sea.

They plan to send the vessels in the area likely in January or February after the training of the PCG. 

“We will have more coast guard ships for deployment nationwide especially in Cebu passage or in the tri-boundaries in Malaysia and Indonesia where we had the kidnappings before. With this, we can strengthen our trilateral maritime patrol to ward off kidnappers and other illegal activities that are proliferating every time we are not on patrol". said Sec Hermogenes Esperon.

According to PCG spokesperson Captain Armand Balilo, they are also planning to meet Chinese Coast Guards in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) to test the inter-operability of the two countries.

He said that part of the possible deployment of the MRRV would be in southern Philippines to combat piracy but according to Commodore Joel Garcia, he is contemplating of using them to patrol in West Philippine Sea. Which is also good, as our relationship with the Chinese Coast Guard is getting better.

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President Duterte receives military aid from Russia - YouTube

The Russian government awards new military equipment including assault rifles, ammunition and military trucks. 

20 new multipurpose military trucks were awarded by the government of Russia to the Philippines.

They are proofs of the improving ties between Manila and Moscow under the Duterte administration.

The equipment are expected to further improve the capacity of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In addition to these, five thousand AK-74M Kalashnikov assault rifles, one million ammunition, and five thousand steel helmets were also given to equip the Filipino soldiers in fighting terrorism. 

President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the turn over of the military donations at the port of Manila together with the Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu.  

The chief executive also had a shipboard and air defense system tour inside Admiral Pantaleev.

According to national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon, this is part of intensifying alliance of the Philippines with many countries.

Esperon also pointed out that the donated military equipment will provide diversity to our kind of training. That should be a welcome addition because we get more exposure to different technologies as well as techniques.

The United States of America is not worried with the enhanced relationship of the Philippines with China and Russia.

US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says President Duterte has clarified that although the Philippines is having better relationship with China and Russia, he assures that the alliance between US and the Philippines will remain strong.  

"So frankly, I am not really threatened by this notion that China or Russia are providing some military equipment to the Philippines. We have been providing very important equipment to the Philippines for many, many years". Ambassador Sung Kim said. 
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LOOK | PH Fishing Bureau launches two locally built offshore vessels - YouTube

The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) launches its two brand new offshore vessels.

This is made by Filipinos and can be considered of high quality as it complies with the international standard.

It also has high performance radars for  surveillance of seas and sonar scanner that can be used for fisheries research and seabed mapping.

DA-BFAR will use these new vessels for the monitoring of illegal fishing in the country’s economic zone. It may also be used for relief goods delivery in areas hit by calamities.

The vessels will begin patrolling in the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rise in October.

It primarily aims to drive away illegal fishermen that fish in seas part of the Philippines.

The BFAR says the Philippines losses an annual of $115 billion in marine resources due to illegal fishing.

Department of Agriculture secretary Manuel Piñol and Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana spearheaded the launching ceremony of the two new vessels.

Sec. Piñol said that the MMOV's will be manned by Philippine Coastguard personnel so they could arrest or drive away illegal poachers.

The new vessels are Php250 million each.

And since it is Philippine-made, the government saved a lot of money.

According to secretary Piñol The vessel would cost Php750 million if bought from overseas, that will be equivalent to three ships if built locally.

Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana hopes such a project would continue in helping monitor Philippine territories.

"If we can create five of this every year and we can fill the.. we can protect our maritime resources. Including Benham Rise, it is really big. We have to protect that, because that is the future of the Filipino people" secretary Lorenzana said.

Secretary Piñol asks for an additional budget worth one billion pesos for 2018 for the construction of additional four ships.
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LOOK | Additional 30 armored vehicles delivered to Iligan City - YouTube

The Philippine Navy has sent reinforcements including 30 armored vehicles and military supplies to Iligan City.


The first Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV) of the Philippine Navy, the BRP Tarlac, arrived today at the Port of Iligan.


The Philippine Navy says the vessel sailed from Subic Bay, Zambales with 30 armored vehicles and tonnes of supplies on-board.

The supplies will be distributed to various units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines or AFP across Mindanao.


This would help augment the transport and logistical requirements of government troops for the ongoing military operations against terrorists in Marawi CIty.

The vessel can accommodate more than 4,000 tonnes of cargo and 500 personnel.


It is usually being used for military operations and can also help in mass evacuation and international humanitarian assistance in times of crisis or calamities. 


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BRP Davao Del Sur and BRP Gregoryo Del Pilar docks in Davao City - YouTube

Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law, two naval vessels are now in Davao City to intensify maritime security in Mindanao.

Philippine navy vessels BRP Gregorio Del Pilar and its newest asset BRP Davao Del Sur docked earlier at the Sasa Wharf, in Davao city.

BGen Gilbert Gapay, deputy commander of AFP, says the move is part of the ongoing hot pursuit operation of the military in maintaining the security in the city in line with the martial law declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

He further stated that the terror groups Abu Sayaff and Maute group have been using the seas as their maneuver space that is why our newest naval assets will be a big help in really having effective sea control and naval presence dominance in our seas.

The Philippine Navy continues to conduct maritime patrols in coastal areas to ensure the security in the area.

NFEM spokesperson Lt. James Reyes says that they are also augmenting their personnel and security forces with the coordination with their counterparts the PNP and Eastern Mindanao Command.

In line with this, the AFP deputy commander assures that there will be no abuse of power in the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

It is really intended to address this internal conflicts and it is nothing any intended to intake liberties, civil liberties and basic human rights.” Said Bgen Gilbert Gapay

The AFP has also deployed a battalion from the 4th and 10thinfantry division in case there is a need for an augmentation in the Marawi operation.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Navy will hold in Davao City for the first time its 119thanniversary for the commissioning of the BRP Davao Del Sur on May 31. President Duterte is expected to attend in the said event.
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4'th Batch of FA-50PH "Fighting Eagles" delivered, PH jets now total to 8 - YouTube

Two more light lead-in fighter/trainer jets bought by Philippine Air Force (PAF) from South Korea arrived today bringing total number of jets to 8.

FA-50PH lead-in fighter/trainer aircraft with tail number 007 and 008 touched down past 11 in the morning at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City; Clark Air Base in Pampanga.

This is the fourth batch of FA-50PH delivered by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) Ltd. from South Korea.

KAI started the delivery of the aircraft in batches in 2015 and another 2 batches is expected within this year.


According to AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla during an interview, the final batch of FA-50PH will be delivered in May this year; Four months in advance from the scheduled completion of deliveries which is in September, 2017.

The PAF’s acquisition of the 12 FA-50PH F/SA/LIFTA is under the AFP Modernization Program to beef up the country’s territorial defense capabilities.

The FA-50PH “Fighting Eagles” are capable of light ground and sea attacks and maritime patrols.


PAF’s Air Defense Wing commander Col Gerald S Da-anton said, our FA-50PH can be at par with other country’s fighter aircraft once fitted with right armaments and ammunition.


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