Navy warship arrives in August, helicopters in December
Alcaraz and Del Pilar are capable of conducting patrols for long periods of time. It can also withstand heavy weather and rough sea conditions.
Meanwhile, Alano said the crew of the Augusta 109 helicopters are training in Italy to get the necessary qualifications.
"They will be part or the extension of the vessels to increase their capability for maritime surveillance," Alano said. "Helicopters will extend the range of our awareness because we have a very large area to cover," he added.
The Philippine Navy is also planning to buy two frigates although the defense department has yet to hold a bidding for the procurement. It has an allocation of P18 billion. "It's in the process now. We are coming up with the final documents for bidding," Alano said. - Rappler.com