BRP Gabriela Silang is largest to be built at OCEA’s Les Sables d’Olonne site

Future offshore patrol vessel (OPV) BRP Gabriela Silang of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is the “largest ship built at Les Sables d’Olonne as well as being the largest aluminum OPV built in the world,” French shipbuilder OCEA said.

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BRP Gabriela Silang, around 84 meters long, was launched to sea on July 17, 2019 from 10:30 at the OCEA site in Les Sables d’Olonne.

BRP Gabriela Silang is based on OCEA OPV 27.

“This vessel is the fifth of a contract whose execution began late 2017 with the construction of four fast patrol boats of 24 m BORACAY, PANGLAO, MALAMAWI and KALANGGAMAN, type OCEA FPB 72 MKII, commissioned over the year 2018 and on operation in the Philippine waters since then,” OCEA said.

Her capabilities and features include: Stabilization of the platform for missions up to 5 weeks; Diesel-electric propulsion optimizing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and maintenance costs; Ability to land, hold and maintain a 5-ton class helicopter; Deployment of 2 RHIB of 9.2 m; Mission Management System that integrates surveillance, detection and communication capabilities for situational awareness; and Ability to welcome castaways, offenders, wounded, divers, special forces.