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4 amphibious assault vehicles arrive - PH Navy.

By Francis Wakefield

The Philippine Navy (PN) Thursday said that four of the eight amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) that it ordered for the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) and acquired from Hanwha Techwin for P2.42 billion arrived in the country early this month.

Captain Jonathan Zata, director of the Naval Public Affairs Service, said the AAVs, which were transported through commercial shipping, arrived in the first week of May.

Zata said the four AAVs are currently undergoing a series of tests and trials before being accepted by the PN.

Just recently, the Philippine Navy also acquired two brand new AW159 Wildcat anti-submarine helicopters worth P5.4 billion.

The anti-submarine warfare helicopters were acquired from a UK-based aircraft manufacturing company.

The AW159s will initially be part of two of its three Del Pilar class vessels. However, the anti-submarine warfare helicopters will eventually be designated to the two new frigates that will be delivered by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in 2020 and 2021.

The 351 by 46-feet frigate will be christened BRP Jose Rizal once it enters the service.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said the acquisition of two frigates will further boost the country's ability to defend our seas and territories.

Zata said the four AAVs and the newly procured AW159 Wildcat anti-submarine helicopters will be presented during the Philippine Navy's 121st founding anniversary on June 17.

"The AAVs and the newly procured AW159 anti submarine warfare helicopters will be one of the major highlights of this year's PN Anniversary celebration," Zata said.

President Duterte will be the guest of honor and speaker in next month's anniversary rites.

Zata said this year's anniversary celebration will be held at Commodore Rudiardo A. Brown Beaching Area, Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite.


Navy Spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata speaks to a Hanwha representative (PRIAM NEPOMUCENO / PNA / MANILA BULLETIN)

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Title Annotation:National
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:May 30, 2019
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