Launching of PCG’s first 94-meter patrol vessel expected in July – report

The launching of first of two ordered 94-meter Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRV) from Japan is expected to be launched in July 2021, MaxDefense Philippines said, citing sources, in an update regarding the said acquisition project on May 26.

In December 2020, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said that the ceremony marking the start of construction of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s 94-meter MRRV was conducted in Japan.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and the Philippine government entered into agreement for construction of two 94-meter MRRVs.

The acquisition is funded through a loan provided by JICA under the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Phase II.

According to Mitsubishi, “the MRRVs on order are vessels with length overall of approximately 94 meters. They also have a maximum speed of not less than 24 knots, and an endurance of not less than 4,000 nautical miles. Both vessels will be equipped with secured communication systems for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, helideck and a hangar for helicopter operations, an underwater remotely operated vehicle for subsurface search and survey, and high-speed rubber boats.”

Mitsubishi said the vessels will be built at Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works for completion and delivery in 2022.