Friday, November 27, 2009

Philippine Navy Modernization (Multi Purpose Attack Craft - MPAC)

The main problem of the navy modernization is the limited fund appropriated by the legislators. Our modernization budget is supposedly substantial but the government only release small part of it. so the AFP is restricted to buy small items just like the harris radios and not actually big items such as ships.

What happened to the BCDA? The AFP only have 31.5% of the total proceeds from selling the military bases. And what happened in return? The Navy has no more base of its own, it is already squatting from Fort Bonifacio, and even, hopefully not, in Fort San Antonio Abad (now Naval Station Jose Andrada).





The Philippine Navy has recently acquired small but very fast combat boats known as MPACs or Multi-purpose Attack Craft at about 73M each. Big ships will cost billions in acquisition and millions in maintenance. It can run to as fast as 45knots (45 miles per hour). It can reach top speed in less than five seconds, and it can also stop in similar duration. It can turn at stationary position (imagine a harrier aircraft rotating on air). It is used by the Navy in the southern Philippines for interdiction and interception, while one is used in Palawan to protect the government's sensitive project there.


The thrust of the current Navy administration is to purchase new though small but lethal ships.

It is also in the process of acquiring a multi-role vessel which accommodates marines, LCU/LCAC, choppers and amphibian crafts. Our acquisition is based on the need of the country.

Another effort is to acquire a strategic sealift vessel on a lease-to-own scheme through the initiative of the Philippine Navy's civilian board of advisers. These are dedicated Filipino citizens coming from different sectors of the society devoting a portion of their precious time in recommending and sitting with the Philippine Navy as to what they can suggest and do. I hope when this group of people comes up with a foundation intended to purchase modern vessels, you will be among those who will contribute.

The most that you can do to help today is to urge our legislators either through the internet or through other means to prioritize the full and actual implementation of the AFP/NAVY modernization by releasing/allocating the appropriate budget. We Filipinos will only release those budget when the need already happened. Look at Ondoy, the Navy has been asking always for more rubber boats but a modernization program process takes at least more than 1 year and six months if you are lucky. That's Philippine government bureaucracy. But with Ondoy, the DND is urged to buy those rubber boats AS FAST AS POSSIBLE.

In short, we have to wait when China, Vietnam, Malaysia, North Korea or other neighboring Asian countries to invade one of our Kalayaan Islands before the legislators will scamper to look for someone to investigate and to blame. Have they ever blamed themselves? And when that happens, that is the time that they will say let us buy missiles for our ships now. let us buy torpedos for our choppers now. I really that invasion will soon come, so that we will be forced to really modernize our navy/AFP. Unless the LAWMAKERS/EXECUTIVES don't feel the pressure to buy new ships, we will never be modernize as fast as we can. The navy will continue to pass through the very very very very taxing process of making every document pass... the very bullying question of why do you need that? "how many school buildings or books will be lost if we buy those ships. How many mouths will not be fed if we buy your toys?" Now what?

34 comments:

  1. I agree with you absolutely sir! These politicians, in all branches of the government, especially in the legislative branch, are excellent in allocating money to themselves. These lawyers-turned legislators are very good in using the law, in appropriating millions of taxpayer's money to their bank accounts under the ruse of CDF. These politicians care less if we are invaded by a foreign aggressor, because they will be the first to leave the country and enjoy what they had stolen here and spend it abroad. These politicians are unpatriotic and they have no place in our country.

    The AFP should study well and gather intel about our probable enemies like China, Malaysia and Vietnam on their military technological capabilities. I think, in my opinion, this should be one of the critical basis, that the AFP should consider seriously when upgrading and modernizing our military capabilities. We should match or even outmatch what these countries have in their arsenal. Knowing one's enemy/enemies well is one of the most vital fundamental principles on the Art of War.

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  2. Well yes sir.

    This year, the Philippine Navy is going to get the Hamilton Class Weather High Endurance Cutter (WHEC) from the US Coast Guard. Unfortunately, because of the very small budget available, the Navy has to remove most of the components (including other armaments and communication means) were stripped off just to meet the acquisition cost.

    Yet, instead of our law makers supporting the project by allocating bigger fund to buy brand new ships, they have to accuse the DND for violations of this and that.

    Hopefully, sana with the Multi Role Vessel project, more law-makers will stand on the side of the military modernization. At nang meron na tayong maipangtapat sa mga mayayabang na singkit na hinaharass ang mga non-combatant vessels ng Pilipinas. Imagine, nasa Exclusive Economic Zone natin, sila pa ang manghaharass ng exploration vessels natin?

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  3. Sana pag pa tuloy na ni P-noy ang Modernization ng AFP special Navy and Air force. Buy More Hamilton Class Cutter and Buy Jet Fighter kahit F-16 lang pero mga 20+ ^^_^^ Sana lang po Wish lang yun ^^_^^.

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  4. Modernization means "MODERN" EH pinagbibili nyo "basura" ng US WW II vintage..bakit hindi natin subukan ang ISRAEL, like SA'AR 4 with # xHarpoon
    OR 6x Gabriel SSN missiles
    # 1x 20 mm Phalanx CIWS Mk.15 + 1x 76 OtoMelara gun
    OR 2x 76 mm Oto Melara gun.SAAR 4 have anti-submarine warfare as well as intelligence and commando operations''e2 ang MODERN GETS NYO!PLS.EQUIP OUR ARMED FORCES WHAT IS NECESSARY.."LOW COST SO EFFECTIVE"....sa PAF Kfir C.10 super sonic low cost MRF $4.5M per unit...

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  5. Modernization means "MODERN" EH pinagbibili nyo "basura" ng US WW II vintage..bakit hindi natin subukan ang ISRAEL, like SA'AR 4class with #8x Harpoon
    OR 6x Gabriel SSN missiles
    # 1x 20 mm Phalanx CIWS Mk.15 + 1x 76 mm Oto Melara gun
    OR 2x 76 mm Oto Melara gun.SAAR 4 have anti-submarine warfare as well as intelligence and commando operations''e2 ang MODERN GETS NYO!PLS.EQUIP OUR ARMED FORCES WHAT IS NECESSARY.."LOW COST SO EFFECTIVE"....sa PAF Kfir C.10 super sonic low cost MRF $4.5M per unit...ina aquire natin walng capability na dipensahan ang ang ating TERRITORY,INUUTO lang kau ng U.S.
    paano natin maipagtatanggol ang Spratly eh ang pinadadala nyo mga lumulutang na KALAWANG..daig pa tau ng SRI LANKA di hamak na mas maganda ekonomiya natin sa kanila mas MODERN armed forces nila..bigayn naman natin tamang armas ang ating SANDATAHANG LAKAS...maganda DIPLOMATIC RELATION natin sa ISRAEL duon tayo makakakuha ng MODERN TECHNOLOGY in terms of WEAPON SYSTEM.. Sana mabasa ito ni Pres. Aquino...

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  6. pwede naman suggestion mo sir... kung may pera lang na i-approve sa Navy. problema kasi, marami ang "kumokontra". sa cabinet, sa congress, kahit sa internet...

    two more hamilton class are coming.

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  7. When the Hamilton-class cutters were operational with the USCG, these HAD a Phalanx CIWS pod at the stern. And these were removed before turning over to PN.

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  8. Yeah you are right. I don't know if the US Government did not allow its inclusion in the sale, or if the RP government does not enough money to pay for it.

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  9. if we r talking about modernization program we r looking most advance war material Tech but if we heard vintage meaning u dont touched the point of view what really mean to do please dont tell lie publicly in front of the media that filipino people watching out at that time of on Air Nationwide okay

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  10. if we r talking about modernization program we r looking most advance war material Tech but if we heard vintage meaning u dont touched the point of view what really mean to do please dont tell lie publicly in front of the media that filipino people watching out at that time of on Air Nationwide okay

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    1. That is why I wrote it right at the first line..."The main problem of the navy modernization is the limited fund appropriated by the legislators."

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  11. Kung Modernong Kagamitang Pandigma ang Pag uusapan kaya natin bumili kahit mahalin iyan basta kayo wag nyo lang haloan ng Pagnakaw para sa BUDGET ng AFP at kayo din mga Military Officers wag kayong mag Binta na diesel, gasoline at yong air plane Fuel convert into money para sa chicks nyo at pangsugal pang inum at ipakain sa Pamilya para de cla mahawaan sa pagka Satanas nyo at dyan hayang manalo tayo sa Kalayaan Group island.... Filipinos

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  12. JUST BE SERIOUS UR PLAN AND OUR TAXES WERE NOT GOING TO WASTE TO A CORRUPT HAND, THE FILIPINO PEOPLE LOOK TO UR MOVEMENT EVERY NOW AND THEN PLEASE BE HONEST Delegated AUTHORITY yan lng mssbi q sa inyo mga lakay at mga visdak

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  13. Ex SN1 Voltaire A Fronda
    hooya!!!!!Good day to all phil.navy,i hope and i pray there is corruption will happen again,magbago na po tau mga kabaro......GOD BLESS NAVY.

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  14. The philippine navy nd the air force will soon have a minimum defense posture. thanks to our president Benigno Simeon Aquino - III, Three Hamilton weather high endurance cutter, three upgraded jacinto class corvette, two multi-role vessels, 5 and more multi-purpose attack craft, landing craft unit, helicopters and may be soon a submarine for our PH navy. 12 to 24 second generation f16 falcon block 25 jet figthers, 6 ligth attack trainer aircraft, long range patrol aircraft, 8 W3 swednik sokol utility helicopters for the PH air force. i will see again the Capabilty of armed forces of the Thilippines.

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  15. well tama lang talaga na its time naman ang armed forces natin pag tutuunan. sana naman ang naka upo sa kongreso at sa senado total support naman sa programa. IF IM THE PRESIDENT. lahat na CDF alisin ko. at iyan ang ibili sa kagamitan ng armed forces. CDF IS A MILKING COW NG GOVERMENT OFFICIAL. PARA SA SARILI LANG NILA NOT THE INTEREST OF PEOPLE. WHEEE.... SINUNGALING SILA KUNG SABIHIN WALA SILA MAY BINULSA...

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    1. Agree... Like... Approve...

      Kelan kaya nila susundan ang ginagawa ni Lacson na hindi tumatanggap ng CDF?

      Para maipambili natin ng missile systems para sa mga barko.

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  16. WTF!!>>>???? lol . nakakawatawa nangyayari sa pilipinas. XD
    date mai pangulong inuuna ang modernization ng philippine military forces . pero ang ginawa ng iba binatikos at pinabagsak . tignan nyo ung 2 pangulong sumonod edi lalo pang nalunod ang bansa at mas marami pang nagutom . natural na marame syang pera kase mai mining industry sa sa austraia nuon .
    at mas maunlad pa ang bansa nung sya pa ang pangulo .
    diba sya rin ang nakapag patayo ng pinakamahabang tulAy sa pilipinas?

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    1. I agree with you sir, nung time ni Marcos it was he himself who pursues the strength of his armed forces. Unfortunately, the succeeding generations focused on something else. These efforts you see are initiated by the Philippine Navy, what former President Arroyo did was only to approve the project (passive). The same way as the current President, BRP Gregorio del Pilar was already in the process when he was elected (GMA's role is the same as earlier mentioned), so what he basically did was only to sign formality documents (if any), grace the arrival and commissioning ceremony, and make his speech. After that, bahala na kayo Philippine Navy.

      Erap's time was better. He has his own appreciation of the armed forces. pero pinabagsak siya ng taga kaliwa sa ibang giyera.

      Ayon balik tayo sa ...

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  17. wag na lang nating pag-ukulan ng pansin ang sandatahang lakas ng pilipinas, eh ano kung bulok ang mga gamit nilang pandigma maige nga yun para hindi matatakot ang anumang bansa sa atin. madali nila tayong mapapasok at masasakop. sinong tinakot nila tayo... no way

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  18. Medyo naguluhan ako lalo na dun sa "sinong tinakot nila tayo" :-), Hindi ako sigurado kung Pilipino ka o Intsik hehe But it sounds mas gusto mo may ibang lahi ang mamahala sa bansa natin... Unfortunately, I haven't heard of any country who volunteered themselves to be annexed or colonized. The trend is always getting away from colonizers or invaders.

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  19. man u people cant fight a small scale war with those ships u people mentioned ur country has even vietnam has a good navy whose economy is not good as urs i feel sad for u guys as ur leaders r not that much nationalist as much they need to be our indians leaders r also noot that good but we can fight atleast we r developing our navy very fast u people of philipines shd hit the streets against ur govt for poor defence capability

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  20. dapat nyan sa MPAC lagyan gatlingun and messile o anti aircraft tapos advance radar na kayang magsearch ng submarine. torpedo rin lagyan. pwde yan revise ng e-rivise para lalong papalakas ng papalakas ang gawang pinoy.

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  21. siguro mas maganda mag-inbento pa na mas High tech dyan sa MPAC, gawin natin syang parang F22 kabilis, undetected at nagjajamb sa powered radar. tapos may dalang bomba na high tech. din ang gawa. yung bomba na hindi muna popotok ang hanggat hindi nakakadikit sa submarine using magnet. control mo bagsabog nya. dapat amyendahan nag constitution natin pagdating military. para magkaron ng military invention center ang pinas.

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  22. Hay naku..... sana yong destroyer galing sa italy maideliver na walang strip off ang armas maganda ang naval destroyer na yon it the same capability of teconderoga class of US and,more lethal than the perry oliver hazard class, i hope the govt. would realy meant to purchase this vessel, by next two years all the Soldati class and maestrale class frigate and destroyer of italy will decommissioned, for only to pave the way to send for Philippine navy.
    The 4 Soldati class has never used by Italian navy it was only dry dock for those who want to purchase this ship immediately will give to them, and first priority is Philippines.

    I hope they are going to purchase this ship no think twice because these vessel is more lethal than Hamilton class 10 times.and more faster these is deep water Patrol naval ship.

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    1. Sana nga sir...

      ang sabi they have already selected people to check the vessel ..

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  23. To the fact that Filipino people are already regret when they Voted Ramos to presidency and the second that they regret much heavier when they eject erap and installed arroyo in the office.

    For all we know that the defense of a country is so weak it remarkably unfit to all investors to invest in the country,

    One reason that the country continues to prosperous economy because of the defense capability,

    Investors are aware of their investment that is money if the country full of problems even though very high potential for the investors but seldom they will come to invest because of fears.

    And this concept very fitted to the Philippines because of the leaders formers concern only of their pocket but not concern about the safety, movement.

    Politicians who are greedy of money they uses poor people to their evil dream

    In metro manila why squatters are very rampant it is because of politicians they gather all people in the are and promise of protection if they vote a certain politician.

    And this is a cause of corruption criminal behavior of other parties because of protectionism.

    In other countries like Malaysia Thailand even Cambodia squatters is not as like in the Philippines because of their defense is much more tougher than in the people.

    During Arroyo promises every where but nevertheless no one been fulfill to the fact that all people was regret but arroyo continue to prosper her pocket of billion dollars.
    some of navy officer who are in the duty to protect Malampaya had known perfectly how much did arroyo get the amount from malampaya since it was started of production in 2001. but this cannot reveal or else he will be gone in the list.
    So to speak Philippines is a rich country but only because of corrupt people around the government so the defense depleting very fast because of no concern to the country and its citizens the important is their own pocket would full of money is already enough.
    S

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    1. ewan ko lang sir kung may magawa ngayon si PNoy. Mas malakas yata Gabriela at Bayanmuna sa kanya keysa sa military eh jejejeje. Sali mo na rin ang NPA :-)

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  24. The filipinos need a descent life free from fear and full of confidence first to God and second to his country sovereignty, in other words the country ran by the people and the Govt. is for the People the fact that the Govt. was abuse by the people as well.

    Kaya and bansa hindi mag improved ang kanyang mamamyan dahil din sa ganitong paraan and the govt. of the people is for the people and by the people ang sarap pakinggan does this govt realy the people was benefited or only in the govt people along with the some private sector benefit to it.

    For those in the low sector particular in the provinces remote areas does these people benefit the so called by the people to the fact nothing. they benefit some amount of money from politician because of vote buying during election.

    and that particular word of for the people and by the people it does not exist in the history of human needs today.

    Aside from this situation Govt says since 2010 plan to buy Jet Fighter, plan to buy many aspects of defense materials but until this very moment only exclusive information said it plan on 2013 to buy the Frigate from Italy. this is only a plan and yet materialized.

    Its better for all people to come to the street and demand to purchase immediately all necessary armaments to protect the spratly island , one of the comment says here that if no invasion in our territory theyre not hurry to implement rules and action as it said during ondoy problem immediately govt. can buy hundreds of rubber boats. but for the defense still slow moving towards developing credible defense the budget of 75 billion pesos for five years it is stupid and ediot idea of a person nor the military in budget planning they themselves know that the actual need for the Defense upgrade is in need of 2 billion dollars per year.

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  25. Im not playing politics here but I noticed that only Pres. Pnoy has the interest to modernized our afp. meron din ilan sa senate at lower house. Ung iba walang pakialam kasi wala silang tongpatch dyan, ung gusto nila ung sa mga infra project kasi ma cotongan nila mga contractor. napaka walang hiya talaga nila. kaya mga pilipino gumising na tayo, Wag tanggapin ang pera at wag sila iboto.

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  26. Suportado ko po yung modernization ng pilipinas. Sana po matuloy na yan. Pra magkaroon nman ng kunting pride ang mga pinoy.

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  27. Gawa kaya ng nuclear missiles and pinas?

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