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Revisiting the Philippine Navy’s Planned Maestrale Frigate Purchase

A good look at a Maestrale Frigate. Note the location of the guns and missile launchers. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.
A good look at a Maestrale Frigate. Note the location of the guns and missile launchers. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

The Philippine Navy’s (PhN) purchase of 2 2nd hand Maestale Frigates is of course passe’ by now, with PNoy shooting down the government-to-government purchase of these ships[1], and the Department of National Defense (DND) deciding to buy only brand new Frigates thru its upcoming bidding,[2] but I decided to take a look again at this ship for the “fun” of it, and see how it compares with the other ships that has been in the news lately with the possibility of being acquired or provided to the PhN.

Just a quick look at the other candidates:

– Avante 1800 (A1800), which Navantia told the press as the model they intend to submit in the coming Frigate bidding;[3]
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