03 Juli 2015
The LCU was arrived last May 30 and now undergoing repair in Cavite, Philippines (photo : maxdefence)
A TRANSPORT ship that is expected to boost the Navy’s troop and cargo delivery capability has arrived from South Korea and is now undergoing repair at a shipyard in Cavite, Navy chief Vice Adm. Jesus Millan said yesterday.
The landing craft utility (LCU), with 16 rubber boats, was donated by South Korea. It arrived last May 30. The military spent P16 million to bring the LCU from Korea to the Philippines.
Millan also said the ship has to undergo “machinery and equipment repair” which will cost about P26 million. A new LCU costs around P6 billion.
He said the donated LCU is relatively newer to the ones being used by the Navy, which date back to the 70s.
“It has better capability because it’s a newer model…It will help in our HADR (humanitarian assistance and disaster relief) capability, troop and cargo capability,” Millan said.
The Navy has five LCUs in its inventory, although only three of them are operational.
South Korea, through Korea Aerospace Industries, will also supply 12 FA-50 fighter jets being acquired by the government for P18.9 billion. Two of the aircraft are due for delivery later this year.