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  • The EFV was designed to replace the aging AAV-7A1 Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV),[2] which entered service in 1972,[3] and was the marine corps' number one priority ground weapon system acquisition. It was to have had three times the speed in water and about twice the armor of the AAV, as well as superior firepower. The vehicle was to be deployed in 2015;[4] however, on 6 January 2011, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recommended the EFV program be canceled.[5][6] The program, which was projected to cost $15 billion, had already cost $3 billion.[7][8]

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    sa mahal nito malabo na makuha natin. and cancelled pa
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    Philippine court orders arrest of two for fisherman shooting
    2014/04/16 20:30:57

    Manila, April 16 (CNA) A court in the Philippines issued arrest warrants for two officers from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Wednesday for obstruction of justice in relation to the shooting of a Taiwanese fishermen last May.

    The Cagayan Valley Municipal Trial Court Santa Anna branch issued the warrants for Coast Guard Commanding Officer Arnold De la Cruz and Seaman 1st Class Mhelvin Bendo, with bail set at 12,000 pesos (US$269.88).

    Earlier in March, the Philippine Department of Justice filed homicide charges against eight PCG officers over the shooting death of Hung Shih-cheng last May 9.

    De la Cruz and Bendo were also separately charged with obstruction of justice because the gunnery reports they submitted following the incident indicated that 36 rounds of ammunition were fired at the fishing boat, while the actual number was 108 bullets.

    The eight suspects, who have been suspended from their positions, have asked the department to reconsider their indictments, claiming that Hung's shooting was in self-defense as his Taiwanese fishing boat had been attempting to ram their patrol vessel.

    (By Emerson T. Lim and Maia Huang)
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  • ^ ganyan yung ginawa nun isang senator dati kaya nga yung bajo de masinloc napunta na sa china.katuwa!

    At marami dito ang ipinagtatanggol yung senator na yan.. Sabi pa ng isang poster dito, sa iyo na ang island basta bigyan niyo kami ng fish. Ano na nangyari? Lalong tumindi ang pagka gahaman nila. May fish ba na ibinigay? Eh yung supply ng ng mga sundalo natin hinaharang..
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    A nice article from the Daddy'sStargazer's Blog.

    Defense Blog 06: Is It A Wise Decision To Get Another Hamilton-class Cutter/WHEC? Should It Go To PCG or PN?

    Is it the Coast Guard's turn to get a big-ass ship?

    Even the DND Secretary, on the past interviews, acknowledges the need for "white-to-white" engagement in the West Philippine Sea. Now what is "white-to-white"? I believe that I already explained this on my other Defense Blog entries, but I would explain it quickly. "White-to-white" or "white-vs-white" engagement pertains to unarmed civilian ship engagement between nations. One good example is when the Japanese sent the Japan Coast Guard to block China's attempt to send militants in Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. The attempt of the Chinese turned into a Water-Cannon-Fight as the Chinese were persistent on getting into the islands. Not to mention that the Taiwanese also joined the Water-Cannon-Fight. Eventually, the Japanese successfully repelled the "invaders" without firing one single fatal shot. But imagine, if the Japanese nor the Chinese went out of patience and sent at least one "Naval warship". That would prompt the other side to also bring out their own Warship to counter that action. Having two well-armed Warships in the area might risk a full-scale confrontation, if one stupid gunnery officer mistakenly fired one of his guns due to nervousness.

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    Pareho kami ng pangarap ng sumulat, malaking barko (OPV) para naman sa PCG na maglalayag ng ating bandila sa WPS.

    Can't the PCG request funds from the Malampaya? Anyone?
  • Hi Gerod! Yes, it's me DaddyStargazer. I also have a TPC account and when I saw on my site's traffic sources that some viewers are coming from here, I did a check.

    Anyways, my point about the PCG getting the Hamiltons is not necessarily to get the next Hamilton. I just want everyone to realize that the engagement in WPS is "white-vs-white" like Ramming, Water Cannon, Repelling, etc. In that kind of engagement, you need a big ship, like 3,000 ton ship and up. The biggest ships of the PCG are the Tenix-class Patrol Boats that I think only weigh 1,500 to 2,000 tons. If it's gonna be rammed by a Chinese Coast Guard ship, it might capsize.


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  • mas maganda (and di hamak na mas mura) ang white patrol ships. tapos sure ball na pag pinaputukan tayo, we get the sympathy of the world

    parang maliit na batang babae na grade school kinukurot ang isang malaking high schooler na lalaki. pag sinuntok ng lalaki ang babae automatik nasa lalake ang blame. parents with many kids should know this

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  • Can't the PCG request funds from the Malampaya? Anyone?

    Not quite possible anymore because of the Supreme Courts' permanent TRO stopping further release of the balance in pork barrel for 2013 and the disbursement of the Malampaya Fund for non-energy related projects. Pati ang Presidential Social Fund nadamay. Dadaan sa butas ng karayom ang funding para sa PCG upgrades through DOTC sa congress. Paktay....

    Anyway napansin ko lang, maybe I'm wrong, na ang priority pa rin ng PCG ay ang Inshore Patrol. Sa 10 patrol vessels ( donations or soft loan?) na galing sa Japan ay puro small patrol boats lang. At iyong nasa pipeline na mula sa France ay 4 na small Fast Patrol Boats din at isang, mabuti na lang, 80m OPV.

    mas maganda (and di hamak na mas mura) ang white patrol ships. tapos sure ball na pag pinaputukan tayo, we get the sympathy of the world

    White ships ang gamit ng mga katabing bansa katulad nang China, Taiwan, Vietnam at Japan sa patrolya. Dapat lang na puti rin ang ating itapat upang maiwasang umabot sa level ng military ang confrontation. Walang nais maunang gumamit ng sandata kaya mapapansin na high pressured water canon, search light at gitgitan ang paraan nang labanan na katulad ng binanggit ni daddystargazer.

    @daddystargazer: good to see you here.
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    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy will build its own radar sets instead of acquiring from third party defense suppliers, an official said Monday.

    Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-charge Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano said that the country's vast airspace requires classified monitoring and security that radars have to be created in-house.

    "This will pave the way to prevent the country from being technologically outwitted by any adversary," Alano said in a state news reports.

    Alano said that the project "Itaas" to create radar sets for all fleet units is one of the five priority projects of the Naval Research and Development Center.

    The other four programs include sonar equipment creation capability under Project "Ilalim," platforms under Project "Kuyog," long-term satellite project under Project "Tuktuk," and Project "Putok" to build modern munitions.

    Alano said the program will support the existing Active Archipelagic Defense Strategy focused on the enhancement of maritime surveillance and operations.

    The military is also expected to acquire three air search radars from Israel within the next two years to boost West Philippine Sea monitoring amid the dispute with China, according to previous reports.

    Security officials have signed last February 5 an implementation arrangement for the purchase of radars from Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.-Elta for P2.6 billion.

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  • China's Next Land Grab
    Obama visits Asia as U.S. allies look for a response to Chinese aggression.

    President Barack Obama lands in Japan Wednesday to kick off a week-long Asian Reassurance Tour, and not a moment too soon. Amid the summitry in Tokyo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Manila, Asian leaders will be watching the showdown over an obscure speck of land in the South China Sea.

    Second Thomas Shoal sits some 125 miles off the western coast of the Philippines, one of more than 750 rocks, reefs and islets known as the Spratly Islands. Today it is the site of China's boldest attempt to forcibly exert sovereignty over the resource-rich, 1.35-million-square-mile South China Sea, through which one-third of all global maritime traffic passes.

    Early last month Chinese ships blocked the Philippine military from resupplying its marines on the shoal, which is 700 miles from China's coast and has had a Philippine military presence since 1999. This marked an escalation in China's "cabbage strategy" of seizing Philippine territory by gradually surrounding it with layers of Chinese boats, from fishing vessels to coast guard patrols and warships.

    Beijing's move essentially dares Manila to risk a shooting war whenever it resupplies or rotates its marines, as it last did on March 29. That time a Philippine supply ship successfully reached the shoal, having maneuvered past Chinese coast guard vessels at a distance of a few hundred dangerous meters. Manila's next supply run could come any day.

    This is the latest in a string of Chinese provocations against the Philippines. In 2012, several hundred miles to the north, Beijing seized Scarborough Shoal after Philippine patrols had the temerity to try to arrest illegal Chinese fishermen. The U.S. brokered a June 2012 agreement for China and the Philippines to withdraw from Scarborough, but only Manila complied. Chinese ships have since used water cannons to keep Filipinos from fishing in the area.

    In early 2013, the Philippines decided to challenge China's territorial claims through arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which both countries have signed. Furious at this appeal to a rules-based international order, Beijing responded by squeezing Second Thomas Shoal, demanding that Manila withdraw its marines and barring Philippine President Benigno Aquino from a trade fair in China unless he abandoned his call for arbitration. China blockaded the shoal last month as Manila was poised to submit its 4,000-page case to the U.N.

    All of this constitutes a challenge to Washington. The U.S. and the Philippines signed a mutual-defense treaty in 1951, but Washington has signaled that it wouldn't cover a Chinese attack on Second Thomas Shoal, which falls within Manila's 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone but wasn't claimed by Manila until 1978.

    Visiting Manila in February, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert answered a hypothetical question about China seizing Philippine-controlled territory in the Spratlys. "Of course we would help you," he said initially—before adding: "I don't know what that help would be specifically. I mean, we have an obligation because we have a treaty. But I don't know in what capacity that help is."

    With statements like that from Washington, no wonder Beijing feels emboldened. At a press conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this month, Chinese Defense Minister General Chang Wonquan insisted that there would be "no compromise, no concessions" on territorial disputes with U.S. allies.

    If Mr. Obama this week simply reaffirms the standard U.S. position of neutrality on sovereignty disputes and support for peaceful resolutions of differences, he will provide little reassurance to America's friends. More effective would be to directly question the legitimacy and origin of China's South China Sea claims, as State Department official Danny Russel recently did before Congress. The President might add that China's blockade of Second Thomas Shoal endangers the lives of Philippine forces and violates Beijing's promises under the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

    Like Russia in Eastern Europe, China is trying to rewrite the international order to dominate the Western Pacific. And like Vladimir Putin, Beijing's leaders will press their advantage against weaker powers unless America makes clear by word and deed that it will push back.
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  • eto na ang sagot sa mga laging nagtatanong na: kung kaya nilang gumawa ng mga warships, bakit hindi natin kaya?

    NRDC balak mag-disenyo at bumuo ng sariling mga barko
    Posted on April 22, 2014 · 11:21 PM

    Manila (DWDD) – Kahanay ng “self-sufficiency initiatives” ng Hukbong Sandatahan ng Pilipinas, inilunsad ng Naval Research and Development Center (NRDC) ang Project “Kuyog” para sa posiblidad ng pagdidisenyo at pagbuo ng sarili nating modernong sasakyang pandigma para sa Philippine Navy.

    Ayon kay Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, tagapagsalita ng PN, layon ng naturang programa ang pagintindi at mapag-aralan ang iba’t-ibang sistemang nakapaloob sa naval platforms sa ilalim ng Defense Acquisition System projects, kabilang ang pag-aaral ukol sa iba’t-ibang nilalaman o tipo ng materyales para sa pagbubuo ng mga barko.

    Ang Project “Kuyog” ay isa sa limang priority projects ng NRDC na naghahangad mapag-aralan at makakuha ng teknolihiya para makayanan ng organisasyon na maka-disenyo at makabuo ng sarili nitong mga sasakyang pandagat.

    Ang apat na iba pang programa ay ang sonar equipment creation capability sa ilalim ng Project “Ilalim” ( o underwater), mga radars sa ilalim ng Project “Itaas” at ang ambisyosong proyektop ng NRDC, ang satellite project sa ilalim ng Project “Tuktuk” (surveillance), at ang Project “Putok” (explosives) para sa pagbuo ng mga makabagong bala o munitions.

    Ayon kay PN Flag-Officer-in-Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano, ang mga proyektong ito ay nakadisenyo upang suportahan ang Active Archipelagic Defense Strategy na nakatuon sa pagpapa-igting ng maritime situational awareness at maritime operations ng bansa, kung saan ang mga proyektong ito, na kapag matagumpay na naisulong at naisakatuparan sa pamamagitan ng partnership mula sa triad members, tatak dito ang pag-angat ng level of research at development ng PN sa pamamagitan ng pag-absorb ng mga makabagong teknolohiya.

    Ito ang magbibigay daan upang an gating bansa ay hindi maiwawasan, sa aspeto ng teknolohiya, ng ating mga katunggali.

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    kung kaya nilang gumawa ng mga warships, bakit hindi natin kaya?

    Lack of political will.

    Political will, is a willingness by officeholders (i.e. our Govt. leaders) to take risks or even to commit political suicide to support unpopular measures (i.e. giving budget priority to AFP modernization). It is demanded when elected officials won't do something that someone else (i.e. good/honest AFP officials) wants them to do, because the officeholders think they will be defeated for re-election if they do.

    The said project can become the foundation of our AFP’s modernization and self-reliance.

    I just hope that when the need for budget allocation comes, our Govt. leaders would have the political will to provide the necessary funding and support, and make the said project advance to actual development of military assets.

    -- edited by FerminTigas on Apr 23 2014, 08:21 PM
  • china and israel dont lack political will. but they needed more than that to make good weapons

    you need budget for research, budget to make the factories and you need decades of trial and error sometimes supplemented by espionage and reverse engineering in order to get it right
  • you need budget for research, budget to make the factories and you need decades of trial and error sometimes supplemented by espionage and reverse engineering in order to get it right

    The above were all made possible because of political will. It is the second most important factor. The first is the catalyst, which can either be the need for self protection (Israel) or need for expansion (China) or both (USA).
  • Kung ako ang UN secretary. Magsetup ako ng meeting with all the countries representative in attendance and will force the old ways of fighting/resolving dispute.

    Best fighter against your best fighter. A lot of people and resources will be saved. Wala ng kwenta ang WAR ngayon at puro pera na lang ang labanan. Wala ng Honor


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