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Philippines commissions final two Parola-class vessels

24 August 2018

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has commissioned its ninth and tenth Parola-class patrol vessels.

The ships, which have been named BRP Bagacay and BRP Cape Engaño with pennant numbers 4410 and 4411 respectively, were commissioned on 23 August, marking the end of an almost two-year induction process for the entire class.

Bagacay and Cape Engaño are the final two vessels in a 10-ship, PHP8.8 billion (USD164 million) contract that was signed between the Philippine Department of Transportation and shipbuilder Japan Maritime United Corporation (JMUC) in 2015. The programme’s first-of-class, BRP Tubbataha (4401), was commissioned in October 2016.

The Parola class, which is also referred to by the Philippine Coast Guard as the multirole response vessel (MRRV), derives its design from the Raizan-class patrol vessel that is in service with the Japan Coast Guard.

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