As the Philippines has been rapidly modernizing its armed forces and acquiring missiles, attack helicopters, frigates, patrol ships, and other military hardware to secure the West Philippine Sea, it is now looking at securing those assets and the West Philippine Sea with the use of the Philippines’ first missile systems.
The Philippine Navy has formed a new battalion under its command, the Shore-Based Anti-Ship Missile Battalion or SBASM, launched in its headquarters in Taguig on April 3.
“The activation of SBASM will certainly add to drumbeat the heartbeat, and deliver the knockout punch for our archipelagic coastal defense capability,” said Marine commandant Maj. Gen. Nestor Herico, who heads the new battalion.
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