Philippine Navy to host Joint Working Conference with Russian Navy

Published March 22, 2019, 7:44 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Francis Wakefield

The Philippine Navy (PN) will be hosting this June a Joint Working Conference between their experts and experts from the Russian Navy to discuss what they can get from Russia in order to further upgrade their naval capability.

Russian Navy Commander in Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov (C) and Philippine Navy flag officer in command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad (L) reviewing honor guards during visit in Manila, Philippines, 20 March 2019. (Philippine Naval Public Affairs Office  / MANILA BULLETIN)
Russian Navy Commander in Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov (C) and Philippine Navy flag officer in command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad (L) reviewing honor guards during the visit in Manila, Philippines, 20 March 2019. (Philippine Naval Public Affairs Office / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview, Navy Chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said the matter was discussed following the visit of Russian Navy Commander in Chief, Adm. Vladimir I. Korolyov to the PN headquarters at the Naval Station Jose Andrada, Roxas Blvd., Manila last Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Empedrad said the Philippine Navy will host for the first time its very first staff to staff talks between the two navies in Manila on June.

“Actually, na open ko sa kanya (I opened it to him) during our conference our need for more ships to upgrade the capability of the Philippine Navy. So na-discuss naman ‘yun [that was discuss],” Empedrad said.

“But again ‘yung sa [this] June magho-host ako ng [I will host a] Joint Working Conference between their experts, ‘yung mga staff nila saka staff ng navy to discuss ano ‘yung pwede naming makuha sa Russia, ano ‘yung pwede nilang i-grant sa atin [their staff and the staff of the navy to discuss what we can get from Russia, what they can grant to our] capability, what that they want to give the Phil. Navy para maging malakas ‘yung navy natin [so our navy becomes stronger],” he added.

Empedrad said Russia can provide them with many assets or capabilities but it will still depend on the requirements.

“Iyung sa pagu-usap namin [During our talks] they can donate ships that they have decommissioned, kung meron silang idecommissioned [if they will decommission] in the near future. Pwede rin nilang igrant sa atin yun, pwede ring [it can be an] aircraft, or, capabilities that are needed by the Phil. Navy,” Empedrad said.

“So ‘yun ‘yung idi-discuss, wala pa namang nai-promise [So that was discussed, nothing was promised] but we will be discussing them in the next conference between the experts of the Russian Navy and the Phil. Navy,” he added.

When asked about submarines, Empedrad said Russia continues to propose about it but the decision (to purchase it) will be up to higher headquarters.

“Actually nabangit na rin ni [it was mentioned by] SND (Secretary of National Defense) that they have proposed the kilo class submarines. So the decision is not mine. Hindi naman decision ni FOIC ‘yan [that will not be the decision of the FOIC], syempre [of course] it will be the decision of higher headquarters. So kung sino ang makapagbibigay ng magandang option, magandang proposal na nag fit dun sa [So whoever provided the better option, proposal which fit the] requirements ng [of the] Phil. Navy and the Secretary of Defense will decide on that,” he added

 
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