The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s largest and newest patrol vessel built in France, BRP Gabriela Silang arrived today, April 7.
“Dumating na sa Pilipinas ang BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) o ang pinakabago at pinakamalaking barko ng Tanod Baybayin ng Pilipinas,” the PCG said.
The PCG will be using the OPV as transport ship amid COVID-19 efforts by the government, however, designating it as a quarantine ship is also a possibility.
“Sa kasagsagan ng banta ng COVID-19, gagamitin ang barkong ito sa pagbibiyahe ng mga medical supplies, PPE, gamot, pati na rin mga frontliners tulad ng mga medical workers sa mga regional hospitals sa buong bansa,” PCG said.
Moreover, the PCG said it is willing to designate the offshore patrol vessel as a quarantine ship, as the need arises.