It may not look like much, but the purchase of these frigates would be a major step forward for the Philippine Navy, whose current most heavily armed warship is an un-upgraded WW2 vintage destroyer-escort. They currently have no missile armament in their surface fleet.
They're also purchasing several surplus Hamilton cutters (one is already in service), but those had their fairly extensive weapon systems ripped out in the 1990s as the Cold War ended. Apparently they're trying to budget enough funds to re-arm them, but who knows how long that will take.
A REAL American president would give our allies some warships out of our mothball fleet. Wouldn’t cost nothin’.
Just make sure an Italian captain doesn’t sail it to the Philippines. It will probably end up at the bottom of the ocean.
It’s a good start, but for what they’re up against, “you’re gonna need a bigger boat”.
These cutters are excellent ocean-going vessels that saw service in Vietnam, and they got the first one for free. The problem is that the cheap Pinoy sob's haven't budgeted the funds to get that ship equipped with missiles or even a helicopter, so the thing's an oversized PT-boat.