La Tapageuse French Vessel for Philippine Coastguard or Navy?

Several news reports revealed that Philippines is purchasing a surplus French Navy vessel to boost its forces in the West Philippine Sea. After a thorough inspection, the Philippine coastguard decided to buy the 26-year-old "La Tapageuse" vessel which will arrive in the country by April next year, a coastguard statement said.

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Reports show that the 54.8-meter patrol ship is armed with two cannon and two machine-guns which costs six million Euros ($7.97 million). Coastguard chief Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena said the La Tapageuse vessel is a multi-functional ship and it would be a major contribution to the Philippine coastguard, particularly in our search and rescue operations.

Also, a rumored acquisition of four brand-new 24-meter and one 82-meter multipurpose French vessels are yet to be finalized by the Philippine and French government. Though the costs were not specified, the said ships are due to arrive in the first quarter of 2015. -ABS-CBN news

Philippines is building a credible naval forces due to its long-standing territorial row with mainland China, who literally declares full ownership of the entire South China Sea. Two days ago, the Phillipine Navy's latest warship, a Hamilton-class cutter now named as BRP Ramon Alcaraz, entered the Philippine waters.

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