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Is the Philippine Navy’s modernisation rudderless?

27th February 2020 - 11:00 GMT | by The Geobukseon in Indo-Pacific


Amidst the controversy surrounding Manila’s termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement with the US, the Philippine Navy (PN) finds itself in a peculiar position as the service has lately seen a renaissance of sorts.

It acquired its first missile capability following a maiden test launch of Spike ER missiles aboard a Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) in August 2018. In May and November 2019, the PN launched its two South Korean-built guided-missile frigates – the country’s first modern principal surface combatants.

Besides its first missiles, the PN is also reinstating an ASW capability that has long been defunct. In August 2019, …

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