Thursday, March 29, 2012

Navy eyes warship building deal with Vietnam

MANILA — The Philippine Navy (PN) plans to send a contingent of Filipino sailors to the Vietnam People's Navy (VPN)'s Naval Shipyard X46 for training on the art of modern warship construction. 
Naval Shipyard X46, also known as Hai Long Shipbuilding, is equipped with state-of-the-art shipbuilding equipment and is capable of constructing modern, high-speed warships weighing up to 500 tons.

This proposal came up during PN flag-officer-in-charge Vice Admiral Alexander Pama's visit to Vietnam early this month.

During his visit, the PN chief discussed the proposal with VPN head Admiral Nguyen Van Hien , who was described as very receptive to the proposal.

If the deal push through, PN personnel would gain more knowledge in refurbishing and repairing their naval vessels thus translating to saving as the PN would no longer rely on foreign and commercial dockyards for their maintenance.

PNA | ZamboTimes.Com | March 28, 2012 | Article Link