USA is going to deliver four Patrol Vessels to The Philippines by November 2015. This move is aimed to bolster the capacity of Philippines the Asia Pacific region to tackle security challenges.
Apart from this assistance,Washington and Manila also inked an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement in 2014 that, if approved by the Philippine legislature, would grant access to U.S.troops, planes and ships in the country on a rotational basis.
|US and Philippine ships during CARAT Philippines 2014. Image Credit: Flickr/US Navy Photo|
According to reports, US State Department has awarded the contract of supplying Patrol Vessels to Philippines to Willard Marine Inc. The customized patrol crafts are derived from a Sea Ark Marine boat design that the company acquired the licensing rights to last year will be equipped for search and rescue operations will be provided to the Philippine National Police Maritime Group. This procurement would enhance the search and rescue capabilities of Philippine along its maritime borders.
Among these four Patrol Vessels two will be aluminum made 30 foot patrol boats with twin 480-hp engines and dual water jets, other two will be 34-foot patrol boats with 600-hp engines and dual water jets. The vessels will be equipped with gun posts forward and aft, and cabins will include features such as shock-mitigating seats to enhance crew comfort and safety.
It is to be mentioned that this is the third time that Willard Marine has been awarded a contract to provide military vessels to the Philippines. In 2013, the company supplied a number of 7 m Sea Force 730 rigid-hull inflatable boats to the Philippine Navy under a U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales program.
[ Source: The Diplomat]