The Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) will decommission a Pohang-class corvette (PCC) by year end for donation to the Philippine Navy, yet another sign of the two countries’ growing defense cooperation, according to the Philippine Embassy in Seoul.
Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin said the warship follows the acceptance by the Armed Forces of the Philippines of an earlier ROKN donation of a landing craft utility and 16 rubber boats.
Secretary Gazmin, who was on official visit to South Korea from May 29 to 31, was accompanied by the new Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul S Hernandez.
South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwang-jin remarked at the start of the meeting at the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul’s Yonsan-gu that Secretary Gazmin is the defense secretary he has met with the most.
Press Release, June 05, 2014; Image: DFA Philippines