French shipbuilder launches Philippines’ 3rd 24-meter fast patrol boat

French shipbuilder OCEA launched to the sea the third of four 24-meter Fast Patrol Boat type OCEA FPB72 Mark II for Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on July 10 at OCEA Headquarters.

The third OCEA FPB72 Mark II for PCG will be known as BRP Malamawi (2403) in PCG service.

The first 24-meter patrol boat, BRP Boracay (2401), was launched on April 25 and is now for delivery.

The second 24-meter patrol boat, BRP Panglao (2402), was launched on June 4.

These 24-meter FPB were designed “to ensure all typical Coast Guard missions such as: Coast Patrol of Territorial and Economic Zone Waters; Surveillance and Coast Guard operations; Fishing surveillance operations; Smuggling, fight against illegal immigration and fishing activities; Search and rescue operations; Control of vessels at sea.”

“Entirely designed and built by OCEA, this versatile and competitive 24 m type OCEA FPB 72 MKII is based on the model already operated by the Surinam Coast Guard (2 units) and Nigerian Navy (7 units) and adapted to meet the operational requirements of the Philippine Coast Guards,” OCEA said.

OCEA committed to deliver all four 24-meter FPB72 Mark IIs this year.

OCEA is also building an 84-meter offshore patrol vessel type OCEA OPV 270 for PCG, expected to be delivered in 2019.