The Philippines' long-standing plan to modernize its naval forces is moving closer to realization, with South Korea's defense industry supplying the Philippine Navy with six warships, including two new frigates and four corvettes, two of which are under construction.
The upgrades will help the Philippines defend its maritime territory against encroachment by the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) forces, analysts said.
“We have already come a long way in our modernization, and with this additional acquisition, we are steps closer to a more capable fleet,” Philippine National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters after Manila ordered two corvettes from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries in late December 2021.
“A modern Philippine Navy, one that is integrated and prepared for multidomain warfare,” would help establish national authority over the country’s EEZ, and “contribute to upholding the rules-based regional order.”
Felix Kim is a FORUM contributor reporting from Seoul, South Korea.
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