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Monday, February 09, 2015

Philippines Upgrades Navy Amid China Sea Standoff

BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15)The Philippine Navy is upgrading its capabilities at a time of continuing tensions with China over disputed territory in the South China Sea.

In recent weeks, an Indonesian naval shipbuilder started work on two “strategic sealift vessels” that the Philippines is acquiring for more than $87 million and expects within two years, said Commander Lued Lincunad, a navy spokesman.

Each one “will enhance our defense capability and operational capabilities. It has a helipad and can accommodate three choppers at any one time,” Lincunad said. Each can be used for command and control, and each “can house a battalion of the marines” and special operations forces.

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