By Jaime Laude
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Navy yesterday commissioned three missile-capable multi-purpose attack craft (MPACs), the first-ever gunboats with high littoral combat capabilities to join the Philippine Fleet.
After the commissioning rites of the locally produced MPACs at Sangley Point Naval Base in Cavite City, the three gunboats were immediately dispatched to Davao City.
Navy spokesman Capt. Lued Lincuna said the three brand new MPACs were sent to Davao for the Navy’s 119th founding anniversary naval parade on May 31 at the Sasa Wharf.
The Subic Bay-based Propmech Corp., the shipbuilder that built the Navy’s logistic and supply ship BRP Tagbanua, constructed the MPACs for P270 million. The fund was sourced from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act Trust Fund.
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