Military Capabilities

Philippine Navy chief singles out Subic Bay as possible future submarine base

24 January 2020

The Philippine Navy’s flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, has singled out the site currently occupied by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Philippines) in Subic Bay as a possible location for the country’s submarine base.

"Once there's a contract [for the country's future submarines], the buyout is completed, then we will [use part of the site of] Hanjin to provide housing for our submarines,” Vice Adm Empedrad told reporters in comments published by the official Philippine News Agency (PNA) on 21 January.

The depth of the water at the location has been assessed as suitable for submarine basing, and the service is looking to construct finger piers for this purpose, the vice-admiral added.

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