The Philippine Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and one of the three uniformed services of the Republic of the Philippines. It has an estimated of 24,000 active personnel and operates more than 100 warship in active service
The Philippine navy has only one fleet, the Philippine Fleet. As a type command, the fleet has seven major units
- Offshore Combat Force (formerly the Patrol Force),
- Littoral Combat Force (formerly the Assault Craft Force),
- Sealift and Amphibious Force (formerly the Service Force),
- Naval Air Group,
- Naval Special Operations Group (formerly the Naval Special Warfare Group)
- Fleet Support Force (formerly the Fleet Support Group),
- Naval Training and Doctrines Center
and The Three Modern Warship of the Philippines aside from Del Pilar Class is the Jacinto class Corvette The ships formerly served in the Royal Navy‘s Hong Kong Squadron until 1997.
The Oto melara 76mm Compact DP (Dual Purpose) gun is the primary weapon and is mounted in a turret forward of the bridge. It has a range of up to 10 nautical miles (20 km) and can be used against ships, aircraft or ground targets. It is remotely controlled from within the Combat Information Center by the gunnery officer and has no crew within the turret itself. The gun can fire 80 Rounds in 60 seconds from its ready magazine, and the ships can carry a total of 450 rounds.
The secondary weapon (located at the stern) is a M242 Bushmaster 25 mm cannon in an MSI Defense System Seahawk A1 mount. This weapon is integrated with the 76 mm primary weapon via an Ultra Electronics Command and Control System and a Radamec 1500 Series 2500 Electro-Optical Tracking/Fire Control System. This new system was installed as part of Phase 1 of the Philippine Navy JCPV upgrade program. The Radamec 1500 Series 2500 replaced the older GSA7 Sea Archer Mk 1 electro-optical director with a GEC V3800 thermal imager added in 1987