Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL (Hall D, Stand DP403) has launched the future BRP Davao del Sur, the second Tarlac-class strategic sealift vessel (SSV) for the Philippine Navy, from its Surabaya shipyard.
Being built under a $92 million contract from the Philippines Department of National Defense in June 2014, the two SSVs – the design of which is based on the Indonesian Navy’s Makassar-class landing platform dock – are the largest ships ever acquired by the Philippine Navy. They are also the first warships to be exported from Indonesia.
The first SSV, BRP Tarlac, was delivered to the Philippines in May this year and was commissioned into the navy on 1 June.
Sister ship Davao del Sur was launched on 29 September. PT PAL expects to deliver the ship by the end of May 2017.
The 123m-long SSVs have a full load displacement of 11,580 tonnes, and are capable of transporting an embarked military force of more than 600 troops.