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Is the Philippine Navy Ready for Submarines? A Full Background and Review on PN's Submarine Quest

On 20 June 2018, the Philippines' Department of National Defense, through its Public Affairs Director Arsenio Andolong announced that the Philippine government is returning the acquisition of diesel-electric submarines to the Php300 billion Horizon 2 phase of the Revised AFP Modernization Program.

This was met by mixed reactions by the public, considering the acquisition of submarines is a very big leap for the Philippine Navy and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in general due to  submarines being considered a "first world military asset" due to its acquisition and upkeep cost, although it is described as a game-changer in the country's defense capabilities.


But not all are impressed, considering it was mentioned by the DND that the Submarine Acquisition is being put forward without increasing the Php301 billion Horizon 2 Priority Projects budget. This means that certain defense projects may be sidelined to allow the Submarine Acquisition to be given priority, amon…

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