Philippine Navy plans to purchase its first submarine

( The Philippine Navy is planning on purchasing its first submarine not later than 2020 depending on political and administrative factors, reports ABS-CBN News. Navy Philippine Fleet spokesman Lt. Rommel Rodriguez said they are undertaking studies and meeting with international experts to assess the feasibility of the project.

Rodriguez said acquiring one submarine will cost billions of dollars. "The amount may seem impossible for now but, definitely, we are taking a step forward because the President is (bent on) improving our naval capability."

He added that "it will be better" to have a submarine patrolling Philippine seas, reports ABS-CBN News. "We will be able to track those violating our maritime laws without them noticing us."

ABS-CBN News reports that the assessment will be presented to Navy officials, and then to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of National Defense.

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