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Philippine Navy acquiring two frigates

The Philippine Navy is acquiring two frigates as it aims to be become strong and credible by year 2020.

Defense Secretary DelfinLorenzanasigned the ceremonial contract of  the Frigate Acquisition Project, as the principal signatory, together with officials and delegates from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) (Korea).

The project, according to the Naval Public Affairs Office chief Captain Lued L. Lincuna, involves the construction and delivery of two units of frigate to the Philippine Navy.

Lincuna said the signing of the contract signals the start of the construction and is the culmination of the long and tedious procurement process for the project.

As a background, Lincuna said the Notice of Award was approved, issued and was duly conformed by HHI on Sept. 13, 2016 with the amount of USD $336, 912,000 or P15, 744,571,584.00.

Witnessing the event were Ambassador of South Korea to the Philippines Jae Shin Kim; Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Installation and Logistics Jesus Rey Avilla; Undersecretary for Financial Management JosueGaverza Jr; Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics Maj. Gen. Job Yucoco and his assistant, Brig Gen. Arnulfo G Rafanan; Senior Military Assistant Brig Gen. ArnelDuco; and Philippine Navy Vice Commander Rear Adm. Rafael Mariano.

On the other hand, distinguished members of HHI delegation included the Senior Vice President/Owner Ki Sun Chung; Senior Sales Officers Ki Young Sung and Jae Rak Kim; Technical Sales Officer Unchul Kim; Project Consultant, Myeongok Han; and Local Representative, Yolanda Lim Gamba.

Also present in the signing were the Chief of Naval Staff, Read Adm. Gaudencio C Collado; Commander of Philippine Fleet, Rear Adm. BayaniGaerlan; Commander of Western Command, Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph Mercado; Philippine Fleet Commander, Rear Adm. BayaniGaerlan; Naval Sea Systems Commander VirmeTorralba; and Project Management Team Chairman, Commo. Robert Empedrad and members.

Lincuna said the activity is of utter significance to the Department of National Defense (DND) and to the Philippine Navy, in particular, because it is the single most expensive project yet that will be signed by the current administration.

“The project, likewise, is the biggest project yet for the Philippine Navy. Most importantly, this marks the entry of the PN into its quest to be a strong and credible navy by year 2020,” he stressed.

Lincuna added that the acquisition of the two brand new and modern Frigates serves as a “Big Step” in  realizing a once a dream of a world class and well equipped Philippine Navy, capable and credible in protecting its people, and the sovereignty of the land and the interest of its national territory.