Was there a secret G to G agreement between the Philippines and the Republic of Korea approved during PNoy’s visit last year? Are we in for a nice surprise?

Recently, retired commander of the Philippine Fleet Rear Admiral Jaime Bernardino has revealed that the Philippine Navy is waiting for the delivery of two brand-new frigates from South Korea. Continue reading to this article, Philippine Navy Purchasing Additional 3 Landing Craft Vessels.

Was it a slip of the tongue? Is Rear Admiral Jaime Bernardino  didn’t realized that he exposed a confidential deal? A secret information only the President will be the one to tell the public?

Based on our information and assessment. There is a possibility that this is the type of “Frigate” the Philippine Navy is waiting to arrive.

It has long been rumored that South Korea has offered a derivative of its Incheon-class frigate to the Philippine government.

The “Frigate” is one of the most important sea assets a navy should have in order to protect every nation’s sovereignty and for this the Philippine government is very eager to acquire.

Check this out.

Incheon-class frgate of South Korea

Incheon-class South Korea (ROK) - $232 million

The Incheon-class frigates use in a multi-role operations such as coast patrol, anti-submarine warfare and transport support. Specialized on anti-air and anti-submarine warfare.

Type: Guided Missile Frigate (Hull designation symbol FFG)
Service Period; 2013-
Length: 374 feet (114 meters)
Beam: 46 feet (14.02 meters)
Draft: 13 feet (3.96 meters)
Displacement: 2,536 tons (Standard); 3,584 tons (Full Load)
Crew: 140
Cruising Speed: 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
Maximum Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
Propulsion: CODOG, 2 x MTU 20V 956 TB92 diesel engines, 2 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines
Range: 5,000 miles (8,046.7 kilometers)
Sensor Suite:
Smart-S Mk2 search radar
Samsung Thales Naval Shield Integrated Combat Management System
LIG Nex1 AN/SLQ-200(V)K Sonata electronic warfare suite
KDAGAIE Mk.2 decoys
1 x 5″/62-caliber Mk.45 Mod 4 lightweight naval gun
8 x Hae Sung Anti-Ship Missiles
4 x Hyunmoo-3 Cruise Missiles
2 x triple fire torpedo tubes (fires K745 LW Blue Shark torpedoes)
1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
1 x 21-cell Mk.49 RAM CIWS
Aircraft Carried: 1 x Westland Lynx or SH-60 Seahawk
Aviation Facilities: Flight deck and enclosed hangar for up to one medium-lift helicopter
Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

As you can see this could possibly the type of  Frigate, Rear Admiral Jaime Bernardino lately revealed.

What can you say about it?

See also: Possible modern warships we can acquire in the next few years


By: Jason E.