Naval Group, a naval defense company based in France, announced the opening of a representation office in the Philippines to be operated in Manila.
The opening of their office in Manila signifies the first step of a long-term commitment of cooperation in developing naval capabilities for the country, the company said.
The company added that they would like to bring to the Philippines their technical expertise in ships and submarines with combat systems and all critical equipment and services necessary to engage naval power in a theater of operations.
“We are the only provider with previous experience in helping a country develop a submarine force from scratch and we stand ready to assist the Philippines Navy by providing the submarines but also setting up the training, facilities and supply chain required to operate a fully operational submarine fleet,” says Alain Guillou, Naval Group Senior Executive Vice President Development.
The opening of the representative office enables them to identify synergies and partners to support the needs of the Philippine Navy, he added.
The creation of the submarine force is part of the Armed Forces of the Philippine modernization program aiming to protect the nation’s maritime sovereignty and interests.