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Re: PN Fast-Attack Craft-Interdictor-Missiles (FAIC-Ms) Acquisition Project
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2022, 03:33:06 PM »
Israeli-made missile boats to help defend PH littoral zones
By Priam Nepomuceno
September 6, 2022

MANILA The newly-acquired fast-attack interdiction craft-missiles (FAIC-Ms) will boost the Philippine Navy's (PN) capability to protect the country's littoral zones.

The littoral or nearshore is the part of a sea, lake, or river that is close to the shore.

"These ships could be deployed to patrol and protect our littorals from any possible threats," PN spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency Tuesday.

Other possible missions of these ships will be determined by the leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), he added.

The BRP Nestor Acero (PG-901) and BRP Lolinato To-Ong (PG-902), which were formally christened in rites at the PN headquarters in Manila on Tuesday, are the first two out of the nine FAICS-Ms acquired by the Philippines from Israel Shipyards Limited for PHP10 billion.

These vessels are named after two Philippine Marine Corps heroes and Medal of Valor recipients -- the late Private First Class Nestor Acero and the late 1st Lt. Lolinato To-Ong.

"This acquisition aims to strengthen the country's naval capability in terms of enhancing littoral defense and maritime interdiction operations as it will complement the previously acquired 12 MPAC (multi-purpose attack craft) of the PN," Negranza said.

These two FAIC-Ms were sponsored by Soledad B. Bacarro, the wife of AFP chief-of-staff Lt.Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro.

The two vessels were loaded aboard a cargo ship and departed Haifa, Israel in late August. These vessels were formally launched last June 26.

Three more vessels are scheduled to be delivered starting this year while the remaining four units will be constructed at the PN shipyard in Naval Station Pascual Ledesma in Cavite City.