Tracking the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization program


The Philippine Navy’s 15-year development plan

Lt. Commander Nerelito Martinez, Philippine Fleet acting chief of staff for plans and programs, revealed details about the Philippine Navy's 15-year strategic development plan dubbed “Philippine Fleet Desired Force Mix", in a recent Philippine Fleet publication. Several news organs, as the Philippine Star, have since referenced his article their articles on the subject.

The plan calls for the following mix of assets:

  • Six (6) frigates configured for anti-air warfare
  • Twelve (12) corvettes designed for anti-submarine warfare
  • 18 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OVs)
  • Three (3) submarines
  • Three (3) Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs)
  • Four (4) Strategic Sealift Vessels (SSVs)
  • 18 Landing Craft Utility (LCU)
  • Three (3) Logistics Support/Replenishment Ship (LSS)
  • Three (3) Ocean tugs
  • Six Yard/Fire Tugs
  • 12 Cyclone class Coast Patrol Interdiction Craft (CPIC),
  • 30 Patrol gunboats,
  • 42 Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPACs)
  • 24 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs)
  • Eight (8) Amphibious Maritime Patrol Aircraft (AMPA)
  • 18 Naval Helicopters embarked aboard frigates and corvettes
  • Eight (8) Multi-Purpose Helicopters (MPH) [embarked aboard the SSVs]

This list includes two types of vessels that have already been produced in Philippine shipyards: the BRP Tagbanua Landing Craft Utility, and the MPAC Mk.1 and Mk.2. It will be interesting to see what other classes of vessels could potentially be produced locally.

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