The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s newest and largest vessel, which will be known as BRP Gabriela Silang in active service is now in Valletta, Malta for a stop en route to Philippines.
According to www.maltashipphotos.com, the future BRP Gabriela Silang is leaving Valletta on January 8.
She is expected to be welcomed in Manila in February.
Prior to leaving France at the end of December, a change of flag ceremony was held on December 18 marking the turn over of the ship’s official ownership to the Republic of the Philippines.
According to OCEA, the builder of the said vessel, OCEA OPV 270 was selected for its exceptional performances, matching the demanding operational profiles of the Philippines Coast Guard missions.
OCEA said that sea trials confirmed that the vessel is more than capable to perform beyond its contractual specification of 20 knots of speed, a range of 8000 nautical miles at 15 knots and an endurance of up to 5 weeks of operation.
“The trials also confirmed its excellent sea keeping ability, its maneuverability and the great comfort on board, an important factor for the 66 crew and personnel on those long missions,” OCEA said.