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Philippines Undersecretary of National Defense, Irineo Espino, embarked on a visit to
South Korea to attend the prestigious ADEX 2023 exhibition. During his stay, on
October 20, 2023, he had the privilege of exploring the remarkable facilities of the
Korean Navy’s Submarine Force Command and the impressive Hanwha Ocean’s Geoje
Shipyard. This visit marks a significant step forward in the ongoing high-level discussions regarding Hanwha Ocean’s new proposal, Jangbogo III PN, which was
introduced last September.

Graphic of Jangbogo
Graphic of Jangbogo III PN Command & Control Center

During his tour, USND Espino was given an insightful glimpse into the advanced
sub marine training facilities and maintenance yard at the Submarine Force Command
of the Korean Navy. He further extended his visit to the Hanwha Ocean’s Geoje shipyard,
where he personally inspected the state-of-the-art submarine construction and
maintenance capabilities.

Hanwha Ocean stands as a cornerstone in the history of Korean submarines, closely
collaborating with the Korean Navy and earning a reputation as a steadfast partner in
shaping the future of Korshaping the future of Korean submarines. Currently, two Jangbogoean submarines. Currently, two Jangbogo–III BatchIII Batch–II II submarines are under construction at the Hanwha Ocean site. Leveraging their wealth submarines are under construction at the Hanwha Ocean site. Leveraging their wealth of submarine experience, the latest export model, Jangbogoof submarine experience, the latest export model, Jangbogo–III PN, maximizes the III PN, maximizes the strengths of its predecessor, Jangbogostrengths of its predecessor, Jangbogo–III, and incorporates cutting, and incorporates cutting–edge combat systems and arrangements. systems and arrangements.

Hanwha Ocean expressed its commitment, stating, “Over the course of more than 30
years, the submarine will be a valuable strategic asset for the Philippine Navy. We
propose the newest submarine version for them, aiming to enhance their national
defense capabilities significantly with a wide array of options through the Package
proposal. We are dedicated to engaging in comprehensive discussions with the
Philippine Navy to identify the optimal package for their needs.”
Notably, despite the recent announcement by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
Chief Gen. Romeo Branwer Jr. that the submarine acquisition project is slated for the latter part of H3, Hanwha Ocean remains committed to delivering the best options and
solutions for the Philippine Navy.

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