Philippine Navy's Latest Ship Arrives In Manila

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MANILA, -- The Philippine Navy's second brand new landing dock vessel, the BRP Davao Del Sur, arrived at the South Harbor on Monday, May 8.

"After almost 4 days of voyage, Davao Del Sur has anchored at [the South Harbor in Manila]," said Navy spokesperson Lued Lincuna.

"She will undergo customs, immigration, quarantine and security (CIQS) procedures,"

The welcome ceremony for BRP Davao Del Sur is scheduled on Wednesday, May 10. Separate commissioning rites is expected to immediately follow.

The BRP Davao Del Sur departed Surabaya, Indonesia for Manila last week, May 4. Rear Admiral Gaudecio Collado, commander of the Philippine Fleet, was in Indonesia to conduct the ceremonial Sail Away ceremony for the vessel.

BRP Davao Del Sur is the navy's second Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV), following the arrival of the BRP Tarlac in June 2016. The two brand new ships cost the previous Aquino administration P4 billion ($85 million*).

It is a much awaited asset of the Philippine Navy. The SSV has ability to serve as one-stop operations center at sea, crucial in sending quick deployments such as in humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

"It will complement our first, the BRP Tarlac, of course. It will have an impact on our HADR [high availability disaster recovery] operations because it's a very big vessel. It can accomodate a lot of cargo and a lot of personnel," said Lincuna.

Measuring 123 meters long and with a maximum carrying capacity of 11,583 tons, the SSVs can transport heavy equipment, supplies, and troops to anywhere in the archipelago. It has provisions for 121 crew members and can house up to 500 soldiers. It can also carry up to 3 naval helicopters on its heli-deck and two "baby boats" in its rear hold. No other load-bearing ship in the Navy's fleet can compare.

The BRP Tarlac has also been recently deployed to conduct naval blockades in southern Philippines, helping in the military's operations against local terrorists.

It will also participate in the Philippines-US Balikatan exercises scheduled this week.

The Philippine Navy Tarlac-class landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) on her voyage home to Manila.

Singapore Navy to Commission First Littoral Mission Vessel on 50th Anniversary

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SINGAPORE, -- The Republic of Singapore Navy is set to commission the first littoral mission vessel RSS Independence on its 50th anniversary on May 5.

“This will be a significant moment to mark the Navy’s coming of age at 50 years, as we complete our 3rd generation transformation, as we move into our redesign for LMV Indy to be the lead platform, to be, if I can borrow the phrase, the ‘flagship of our future Navy’,” Republic of Singapore Navy chief, Rear-Admiral (RADM) Lai Chung Han, said in May, last year.

RSS Independence, the first of eight littoral mission vessels finished sea trials and arrived at her homeport at Tuas Naval Base on May 26, 2016.

Littoral mission vessels are being built to replace the 20-year-old Fearless-class patrol vessels which the Singapore Navy started to gradually decommission.

The eight vessels are being built by ST Marine under a contract signed with Singapore’s ministry of defense in 2013.

The LMVs will be configurable to undertake a wide spectrum of operations. More than twice the size of the current class of patrol vessels in service with the Republic of Singapore Navy, LMVs measure 80 meters in length and displace 1,250 tonnes. All eight vessels are expected to be operational by 2020.

ST Marine most recently held a launching ceremony for the fourth vessel in the class, the future RSS Justice, on March 18, 2017.

The Republic of Singapore Navy RSS Independence littoral mission vessel.

Myanmar Seeks to Purchase Two Submarine

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NAYPYIDAW - Deputy Defense Minister Maj Gen Myint Nwe has announced the Burma Army's ambition to own a submarine. "Our neighbors have submarines and we want them to be dependent on the state budget.

The military leadership is considering it, "said the major general at a press conference. During a visit to Russia in 2013, Burma Army chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing expressed interest in purchasing two Kilo-class submarines, relics of the last years of the Soviet era.

The same year, reports surfaced that some 20 Burmese naval officers received submarine training in Pakistan. Burma Navy officials also studied onboard Indian submarines in 2006, said the major general. Burma's Navy is presently equipped only to deal with coastal engagements, and is incapable of more sophisticated territorial defense. As fleet expansion continues, Burma may take more concrete steps towards subsurface capability. "Submarines are necessary armed units for a navy," said the major general. Burma Navy will acquire a submarine.

The proposal will first undergo a parliamentary review committee.

The committee reviews military proposals pertaining to the procurement of weapons and equipment as well as budgetary measures, but the military does not go into complete detail for the committee for pertaining to information security, he added. Since 2011, the Burma Air Force has put 49 fighter jets and helicopters into commission. Between fiscal years 2011-16, the Navy put 22 ships into service.

The major general says the country's defense budget amounts to between 13 and 15 percent of the Union budget. In the 1990s, the Burmese Army established military academies and turned out many junior officers, but focused primarily on quantity. But since 2011, the army has placed a higher emphasis on quality and set higher standards of military academies, the major general said.

The Russian Navy Kilo-class diesel-electric attack submarine.