BRP Gabriela Silang undergoing 3-week sea trials before sailing home in December

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After the completion of the sailing crew’s training, Philippine Coast Guard’s first Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) the future BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV 8301) will undergo a three-week sea trials prior to provisional acceptance in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France.

“After the completion of training, three-week sea trials, and provisional acceptance, the sailing team will prepare for transit and set to arrive in the Philippines by first week of December 2019,” the PCG said.

PCG also said that the officers and members of the sailing crew are now in France for their two-month vessel familiarization training.

PCG said the future BRP Gabriela Silang, 83.6-meter aluminum OPV, is designed for voyage and operations in rough sea condition.

“OPV 8301 will be put into service for sustainable presence at sea in line with the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to increase the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) patrols in the Philippine Rise and West Philippine Sea since it has a maximum range of 8,000 nautical miles and can patrol up to 22 days long at sea,” PCG said.

PCG said OPV-8301 is the fifth and final vessel as part of the EUR90 million-contract acquisition project awarded by the Department of Transportation and financed through French international banking group, BNP Paribas. The first four are 24-meter fast patrol boats.

PCG also noted that personnel from the Coast Guard Surface Support Force and Coast Guard Weapons, Communications, Electronics and Information Systems Command arrived in France for a preliminary commissioning training on vessel specification and operation familiarization provided by OCEA.