Italy will sell some of its Navy Ships to Philippines to help ease economic crisis. The Philippines has one of the most poorly-equipped militaries in the region is purchasing a surplus French Navy ship to boost its forces in the South China Sea where it has an ongoing territorial dispute with China.
The Philippines also “finalising” with the French government the purchase of four brand-new 24-metre and one 82-metre multipurpose vessels, Isorena said.
The 26-year-old “La Tapageuse” vessel is likely to be the first of several French ships that will be acquired by the Philippine coastguard as it contends with increasingly assertive Chinese forces.
According to Coast Guard commandant Rear Adm. Rodolfo Isorena, the new acquisition would be very useful in the performance of the agency’s functions, including maritime law enforcement, safety and environmental protection.
He said the 54.8-meter French Navy vessel “La Tapageuse” is multifunctional and would be a major contribution to the PCG fleet.
Under its current specification, the vessel has a built-in one 40-millimeter antiaircraft gun, one 20-mm antiaircraft canon and two 7.62-mm machine guns report said.