Philippines Modernizing Navy to Counter Regional Threats

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III walks with new Philippine Navy Flag-Officer-in-Command, Rear Adm. Caesar Taccad as they view one of the newly acquired landing craft, Manila, Philippines, Aug. 10, 2015 (AP photo by Aaron Favila).
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III walks with new Philippine Navy Flag-Officer-in-Command, Rear Adm. Caesar Taccad as they view one of the newly acquired landing craft, Manila, Philippines, Aug. 10, 2015 (AP photo by Aaron Favila).

Last month, Australia gifted the Philippines navy two landing craft to help with the navy’s modernization and improve its ability to respond to natural disasters. In an email interview, Eric Wertheim, a defense consultant and author of “Combat Fleets of the World,” discussed the Philippines navy and its modernization plan. WPR: What are the current size, capabilities and preparedness of the Philippines navy? Eric Wertheim: Today, the navy of the Philippines includes approximately 24,000 personnel, including some 8,300 marines. The naval reserve forces are estimated to number an additional 15,000 people. The navy and marine corps have a strong tradition, […]

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