- The Philippine Coast Guard has commissioned two more Japan-built Parola-class vessels
- Platforms have been inducted amid an increased operational tempo, especially in southern Philippine waters
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has officially inducted its seventh and eighth Parola-class patrol vessels.
The ships, which have been named BRP Cape San Agustin and BRP Cabra, with pennant numbers 4408 and 4409 respectively, were commissioned at the PCG’s National Headquarters in South Harbor, Manila Bay on 28 March.
Cape San Agustin and Cabra are part of a PHP8.8 billion (USD168 million) contract signed between the Philippine Department of Transportation and shipbuilder Japan Maritime United Corporation (JMUC) in 2015 for 10 patrol vessels.
The programme was facilitated by Tokyo, which provided Manila with a loan facility of up to JPY16.45 billion (USD154 million) channelled through the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). The loan has been provided as part of the Japanese government’s Official Developmental Assistance (ODA) scheme.
The 280-tonne Parola class, which is also referred to in-country as the multirole response vessel (MRRV), derives its design from the Raizan-class patrol vessel that is in service with the Japan Coast Guard.
It has a length of 44 m, an overall width of 7.5 m, a draught of 4 m, and can accommodate a crew of 25, including five officers. Powered by two MTU 12V 4000 M93L diesel engines, the platform can attain a top speed of 27 kt, and a standard range of 300 n miles (555 km) at the standard cruising speed of 15 kt.
The programme’s first-of-class, BRP Tubbataha (4401) was commissioned in October 2016 and the service is expected to operate all ships in the class by end-2018 or early-2019.
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