Philippine Navy Modernization
Photo Credit: IHS Jane's 360
On this day, January 26, 2015, it was reported in IHS Jane's 360 that
the work on the Philippine Navy's first strategic sealift vessel has
started, with 2016 delivery planned. This 1st vessel is expected to
be delivered by July of 2016.
The cutting of steel for the second strategic sealift vessel is
expected by PT PAL of Indonesia to be in the middle of year 2015.
Two strategic sealift vessels were ordered by the Philippine navy
to meet the PN's sea-based transport and logistics requirements.
These ships are large. It is 123 meters in length and it can
transport up to 500 soldiers or one battalion of Philippine Marine
soldiers and are able to embark 2 medium size helicopters. The Ship
can accomodate 2 Agusta Westland 109 helicopter at the same time.
The ship was reported to have an endurance of 30 days at sea at speed
of 16 knots.
This will be the 1st time that the Philippine navy will operate this
type of vessel.
The Philippine Navy wishes to ultimately operate 4 strategic sealift