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Senior Philippine Navy official reiterates call to acquire submarines

22 February 2018

A senior Philippine Navy (PN) official has reiterated calls for the country to operate its own fleet of submarines amid mounting security challenges in the region.

The service’s flag officer-in-command, Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad, made the call during a hearing with the Philippine senate. The admiral was responding to questions from Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao, on equipment that the PN would need for its modernisation efforts.

Besides being “the future of naval warfare”, submarines are also required “to get the respect of other foreign countries or navies”, according to the admiral, as quoted by the country’s official Philippine News Agency (PNA).

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