Skip to comments.South Korea Giving Philippine Navy A Free Ship As Tensions Rise With China
Posted on 06/22/2014 10:26:46 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions -- particularly with China -- over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said Thursday. The "Pohang-class corvette" will be decommissioned by the end of the year and donated to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said in a statement issued this week.
It was unclear if the donation would include the ship's weapons systems.
South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwang-jin informed his Filipino counterpart Voltaire Gazmin of the donation during his visit to Seoul on May 30, the statement added.
The gift follows South Korea's recent donation of a landing craft and 16 rubber boats to the Philippines, it added.
"South Korea's gesture is a small token compared with the great contribution of Filipino troops during the Korean War," the South Korean minister was quoted as saying.
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What’s the chance that Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton will do the same?
She’s heating up in India and Vietnam as well.
China is on the march.
We have navy yards full of recently de-commissioned ships. Put a few in SubicBay instead of using as artificial reefs!
Won't happen because the Obamanation would be afraid to offend China. I'm not being sarcastic.
“We have navy yards full of recently de-commissioned ships.”
I asked that question of a friend who was stationed on the recently decommissioned USS Constellation. He said, “They’re Swiss watches used like baseball bats. It was clapped out and ready for the yard probably years ago.”
A friend told me the story of taking a ship out of mothballs for a multi-million dollar upgrade including all new weapons and defenses. The officer conducting the final inspection kicked a gun mount bolt. The freshly painted bolt and a chunk of gun mount broke off. That was the end of the inspection and the ship.
Recently, a woman (I think Parks Service) diver went down to search for a seeping leak in the long decommissioned battleship Texas. She accidently put her fist through the side...of a battleship.
Ships, made from steel, serve their entire careers on the surface of their worst enemy; salt water. Their physical lives are probably, on average, no more than 30 years. But worse than that, their technology ages as fast as they do. Even with upgrades they are more vulnerable than newer ships. For example, stealth features are becoming more common. Of course, you can’t hide a ship, but if you reduce its signature then it takes forces searching for it or missiles fired at it longer to lock on.
not a question. just a fact.
and I might add. during nam we had many ships from ww2.
as I recall the 3 battleships were returned to service under pres rr.
btw; I read the article on the connie.
and I cant imagine a ship from s korea would be in better shape than a few of ours.