More ships coming for Philippine Navy — Gazmin

MANILA – More ships are scheduled to be delivered to the Philippine Navy (PN) further boosting its capability to defend the country’s territorial waters.

This was stressed by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin’s speech, read by defense undersecretary Honorio Azcueta, during the arrival and welcoming ceremonies for the BRP Gregorio Velasquez, the PN’s first survey ship, last at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor last June 10.

“Of course, during your 118th anniversary, we had commissioned a new strategic sealift vessel, the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) along with three landing craft heavy; the Agta, Iwak and Waray into the service of the PN. We are likewise awaiting the arrival of two frigates, our second strategic sealift vessel, and our third weather high endurance cutter, the USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719) from the United States,” he added.

Arrival of these assets will boost the PN’s capability to detect, monitor and defend the country’s vast maritime possessions. PNA/