Theater Mobility and Rapid Reaction. Due to the aging of PN lift platforms, the mobility of our forces within the theater of operations is severely affected, if not totally hampered. There is a need to acquire a capability to rapid move our forces that form part of the national maneuver force.
The programs 1, 2 and 3 Resource Managers shall collaborate in building our capability to deploy two (2) joint rapid reaction forces strategically located –one in Luzon and another in Mindanao to address two(2) major contingencies in any part of the archipelago at the same time. To provide this capability, the Philippine Navy needs to acquire eight (
brand new units of Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV).
The AAV Project is the amphibious force component of the SSV, as launching platform, which was made separate and distinct from the SSV in consideration of contracting requirement. It could perform non- military operations for Humanitarian Assistance (HA), Disaster Response (DR), sealift and logistics, mobile government administration, search and rescue, assistance, mass evacuation and international HA/DR.