DND welcomes Bacordo as new Navy chief

MANILA — The Department of National Defense (DND) welcomed the appointment of Philippine Fleet commander, Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo J. Bacordo, as the next Philippine Navy’s (PN) flag-officer-in-command effective Monday. Bacordo, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1987, will replace outgoing PN chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad who will be retiring … Read More

Navy frigate pulled clear from Hasa-Hasa Shoal

MANILA — Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) was successfully towed from Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal late Monday evening, an official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said. “FF-15 (was) successfully retrieved at around 2354h (11:54 p.m.) 03 September. Undergoing final inspection before towing to Subic,” AFP Public Affairs Office … Read More

PH to acquire more missiles for new ships

MANILA — The Philippines will be acquiring more missile weaponry to arm its new ships, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana disclosed Thursday. Lorenzana made the announcement after the successful test-firing of the Philippine Navy’s (PN) Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile off Lamao Point in Limay, Bataan last August 9. … Read More

PH Navy test-fires surface-to-surface missile in Bataan

MANILA — The Philippine Navy (PN) formally entered the missile age after it test-fired its Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile off Lamao Point, in Limay, Bataan Thursday morning. The missile was fired from one of the Navy’s multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC), Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata said. He added that the missile … Read More

Death of 2 Vietnamese fishermen being probed

MANILA — Malacañang on Monday said that a “fair and thorough” probe is now ongoing to look into the incident involving the Philippine Navy and a Vietnamese fishing boat illegally fishing in Philippine waters that led to the death of two Vietnamese nationals and the arrest of five others. “Authorities are now conducting a fair and … Read More

Missiles for 3 Navy ships to arrive December

MANILA — Three of the Philippine Navy’s multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) are expected to be fitted with anti-ship missiles once the weapon system is delivered in December from Israel. Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado said the three MPACs are waiting to be fitted with their Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd’s Spike ER … Read More

PH Navy gets new radar system from US

  MANILA — The Philippine Navy’s (PN) maritime domain awareness capability got a much-needed boost as it formally accepted a US-donated tethered aerostat radar system (TARS) Tuesday. Capt. Lued Lincuna, Navy spokesperson, said the 28-meter TARS was handed over by US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission to the Philippines, Michael Klescheski, to PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral … Read More