24 Mei 2017
BRP Davao del Sur (photo : Rappler)
Acquisition of additional strategic sealift vessels (SSVs) for the Philippine Navy (PN) will depend on the prevailing security environment in the future.
This was stressed by Department of National Defense (DND) public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong when asked by the PNA on whether there plans to acquire additional SSVs for the Navy.
“At the moment, there are no plans to acquire a third SSV. Our modernization plan, which is based on the PN’s doctrine, only provides for two,” he added.
“Perhaps we will consider it in the future when our security environment will require it,” Andolong emphasized to the PNA.
As of this posting, the PN has two SSVs in its inventory, the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) and the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) which is scheduled to be commissioned this coming May 31.