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Philippines boosts patrol of West Sea with two new gunboats from Israel
Published on: Saturday, May 27, 2023
By: ANN
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Philippines boosts patrol of West Sea with two new gunboats from Israel
Marcos boards one of two new gunboats the Philippines has acquired from Israel. (Pic: Rene H. Dilan)
MANILA: The Philippines will send the two newly-commissioned gunboats of the Philippine Navy to the West Philippine Sea to boost the country’s maritime patrol operations, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said.

The President made the statement after attending the commissioning ceremony for two Israel-made gunboats during the 125th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Navy in Manila.

“We actually use all of for our maritime patrol, not only in the West Philippine Sea but also in civil defense,” Marcos said during a chance interview.

Marcos said in English and Filipino that since these have been commissioned, “the new gunboats will now be part of the inventory of the country’s ships that will be used both for the defense from external forces and also for civil defense to help in disaster operations.”

The two fast-attack interdiction craft platforms were named BRP Gener Tinangag and BRP Domingo Deluana – after Medal of Valor awardees Corporal Gener Tinangag and Sergeant Domingo Deluana who were killed in action.

The gunboats, procured from Israel for P10 billion, are intended for territorial and coastal patrol operations, according to the Philippine Navy.

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