The Philippine Navy currently owns 3 Frigates from the United States, and two of this frigate are waiting for advanced air search radar. Sooner it will add two brand new warship which currently built in South Korea. While some await the delivery of Pohang Class ship, a previous pledge offering by South Korea government.
Way back 2014
The South Korean Government promise to the Philippine Government to give its retired Pohang Class Corvette, and if everything goes well, the ship will be transferred to the Philippine Navy before the end of the year 2014.
At this time
It’s already 2017, an even shadow of this great Corvette haven’t show in our eyes.
So let’s forget this ship because some report indicate that the repair cost is bigger as what they expected ( need some validation)
The Pohang Class has two variants namely Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Anti-Submarine Warfare. This variant is both identical except its armament and sensors installed.
Depending on the model, this might be equipped with:
The Corvette Specifications
- (1,200 long tons; 1,300 short tons)
- Length: 88.3 m
- Beam: 10 m
- Draft: 2.9 m
- Propulsion: CODOG unit
- Speed: Maximum 32 knots (59 km/h)
- Cruising: 15 knots (28 km/h)
- Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km)
- Crewmember: 95
Weapons sensor and radar vary depending the role of the vessels
ASuW Version Armament
2 x MM-38 Exocet
1 x OTO Melara 76 mm/62 compact cannon
2 x Emerlec 30 mm cannons
2 x OTO Melara 76 mm/62 compact cannon
4 x Harpoon missiles
2 x Breda 40mm/70 Twin cannons
2 x Mark 32 triple torpedo tubes (with 6× Mark 46 torpedoes)
12 x Mark 9 depth charges