Philippine Navy To Acquire New Speedboats
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte, through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), provided P600 million to the Philippine Navy for the purchase of new sets of speed boats as part of the intensified surveillance and patrol actions along the southern sea borders of the country. Philippine Navy Chief Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, during the inauguration of the newly-renovated Camp Panacan Station Hospital last Wednesday, July 19, said they will procure around 20 to 30 speedboats to be utilized by the marines and naval special operations group. Although there is still no precise date as to when the speedboats will be ready for use, Mercado said it is expected to be released anytime in August.
(sunstar.com.ph â 21 July 2017)
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The Philippine Navy received its first Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which is among the military assistance promised by former Pres. Obama in 2015 under the US government's Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative. The system uses the TCOM 28M Operational Class Aerostat System, which is a medium-sized aerostat made by American company TCOM L.P. which specializes in aerostat used for surveillance.
â 22 July 2017)