Three decommissioned landing vessels of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), acquired by the Philippine Navy for P270 million as part of its continuing capability upgrade program, arrived in Cebu over the weekend.
Capt. Lued Lincuna, public affairs director of the Navy, said that the three landing craft heavy (LCH) vessels arrived in Liloan on Saturday.
“The acquisition of additional capabilities of our Navy further translates into offering better service to our maritime nation as we continue to protect our country, step up commitment for HADR (humanitarian assistance and disaster response) and our continuing pledge to provide assistance to our Filipino people in all corners of the archipelago,” Lincuna said.
“These new assets are manifestations of our Navy’s optimum readiness to perform its tasks and the ability to adapt vis-a-vis the emergent operating environment,” he added.
The LCH 3, 4 and 5 are decommissioned vessels of the RAN formerly named as Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Balikpapan (L126), HMAS Wewak (L130) and HMAS Betano (L133).
Lincuna said that the vessels were transported by a cargo ship from NTG Shipping t from Darwin, Australia via Cairns, also of Australia, before heading to the Philippines.
“They will be moved from Cebu to the PN shipyard in Cavite in the middle of May in preparation for their christening and commissioning tentatively scheduled on May 25, 2016 in time for the PN anniversary celebration,” Lincuna said.