To be able to monitor the country’s territorial waters, the navy needs a minimum of 6 frigates. This is based on pronouncements made during the previous administration. The Navy ideally should also have about a dozen Corvettes, based on Navy’s Modernization.
The Philippines is not interested in buying more frigates after the delivery of two 107-meter-long vessels from South Korea. The small archipelagic country will instead acquire smaller ships, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
“I think the two frigates from Hyundai will be the last in the near future. We are not keen on ordering more capital ships or the big ones,” Lorenzana said during a forum hosted by the Foundation for Economic Freedom.
Smaller vessels are generally suitable only for coastal patrols and don’t have the endurance for long deployments, according to a retired Navy officer.
As of now, the Philippine Navy own mostly old warship, and recently they acquired three high- endurance cutters from the US Coast Guard.
The Department of National Defense (DND) is still looking into the pros and cons of acquiring smaller naval craft compared to larger or frigate-sized ships.
The President has warmed ties with China, and the administration is counting on China’s promise that it will not occupy or build more features in the West Philippine Sea.