French shipbuilder OCEA has begun preliminary sea trials of a new 84 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on order for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
The trials, which involved members of the vessel's pioneering crew from the PCG, began on 11 October. The vessel was launched in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, in July 2019.
During its trials, the OPV, which will be in service as BRP Gabriela Silang (8301) once commissioned, exceeded its contractual maximum speed by 1.5 kt, said OCEA in a statement.
Powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M73 diesel engines, Gabriela Silang has a contractual maximum speed of 22 kt and a range of 8,000 n miles at 12 kt.
The OPV can accommodate a crew of 40, with 26 additional spaces for mission-specific crew. It can also take up to 35 evacuees when accommodated in more austere conditions. With its core crew, the vessel has an endurance of five weeks.
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