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Ex-Navy chief pushes P18-B frigate project

Former Flag-Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado yesterday expressed hope that the P18-billion Frigate Acquisition Program of the Philippine Navy would be a success despite the controversies surrounding the project.

Upon the recommendation of defense and military officials, President Duterte has designated Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad as the new flag-officer-in-command of the Philippine Navy.

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Defense Secretary Delfin T. Lorenzana said yesterday that loss of trust and confidence prompted him to relieve Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado as Navy Flag-Officer-in- Command.

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The Japan Self-Defense Force vessel JS Oonami, an anti-submarine destroyer, arrived yesterday for a two-day goodwill visit and replenishment of supply from a mission in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations International Fleet Review.

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