MANILA, Feb. 23 (PNA) — With the pending arrival of its new assets, the Philippine Navy (PN) is now looking at the possibility of decommissioning its World War II-era ships which are still being used.
This was disclosed by PN public affairs office chief Capt. Lued Lincuna in an interview with the PNA.
Decommissioning of these World War II-era vessels will start once newly-build ships like the two strategic sealift vessels, two missile-armed frigates, and three missile-equipped multi-purpose assault craft start arriving along with the decommissioned Hamilton-class cutter, the USCGC Boutswell, R/V Melville, earlier pledged by US President Barack Obama to the Philippines and Pohang-class corvette donated by South Korea, starts arriving.
Deactivation of these ships will provide the Navy with sufficient personnel to man these vessels.
The first strategic sealift vessel is expected to be deliver this May while the USCGC Boutswell is expected to be transferred by the last quarter of 2016.
World War II ships in PN service include the BRP Rajah Humabon, BRP Rizal, BRP Malvar, BRP Quezon and the BRP Laguna among others.