29 Mei 2015
Based on studies, Philippines need between three to six diesel electric submarines (photo : militaryedge)
MANILA (PNA) -- In line with its efforts to develop its external defense capabilities, Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus Millan said that plans are now afoot to develop a submarine arm.
However, he said that developing this capability will take time as a submarine capability requires a long gestation period in order to develop support facilities and the people and technology of operating such a force.
"(Development of a submarine capability) cannot happen overnight. It will take us some time," Millan stressed.
What is being done now is learning the concept and challenges of submarine operations.
"That’s why we in the Navy have taken the initial step to establish a unit which still start learning about this discipline and eventually prepare our personnel who will be involved in the creation of such capability," the PN chief said.
Submarine warfare consists primarily of diesel and nuclear submarines using torpedoes, missiles or nuclear weapons, as well as advanced sensing equipment, to attack other submarines, ships, or land targets.
Submarines may also be used for reconnaissance and landing of special forces as well as deterrence. In some navies they may be used for task force screening.
Military studies revealed that the Philippines need between three to six diesel electric submarines to fully secure its maritime domain.