Scout Boat to boost Army combat, HADR capabilities

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TAGUIG CITY — The Philippine Army has recently received “Scout Boats” as added boost to its military’s capability against terrorism threats and for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) missions.

Brig. Gen. Lincoln Francisco Tagle. PA Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) commander, received the boats from Maj. Gen. Rowen Tolentino at Fort Bonifacio here.

During the turn-over rites, newly appointed chief, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said the continuing modernization of the military “ensure the Army’s capability to face various threats in the security environment and when we perform our non-traditional military roles during disasters.”

“We aim that through modernizing our command capabilities, the Philippine Army can better serve the people and protect the nation from whatever challenges there may be,” he added.

The new Scout Boats are envisioned to boost the Special Forces Regiment’s counter-terrorism and HADR capabilities, especially in priority areas in Mindanao.

Army spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala said the boats can carry at least eight troopers in full battle gear and has a maximum speed of 25 knots. He added that the project is under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization program and about 51 units more are set to be procured.

The Scout Boat is manufactured by Stoneworks Specialist International Corporation in General Trias, Cavite.

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