MaxDefense Philippines posted a couple photos of Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) 7th brand-new Japan-made Parola-class Multi-role Response Vessel (MRRV). The photos were shared by MaxDefense’s community member.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr), after the 4th Philippines-Japan High Level Meeting of the Joint Committee on Economic Cooperation and Infrastructure Development last February 12, said that 2 MRRVs – the 7th and 8th – from Japan will be delivered to the Philippines by March 2018.
This was also confirmed by MaxDefense.
“MaxDefense got confirmation that the Philippine Coast Guard’s 7th Parola-class multi-role response vessel, the BRP Cape San Agustin (MRRV-4408) will be leaving Yokohama, Japan on the 23rd February 2018, and is expected to arrive in Manila by 1st March 2018 at the earliest,” MaxDefense said.
Moreover, MaxDefense said the Filipino crew of the 8th MRRV, BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409), arrived in Japan this week for training and sea trials. BRP Cabra is expected to leave Japan on March 9.
Parola-class vessels are 44-meter ships ordered from Japan Marine United through the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) for PCG Phase 1. MSCIP for PCG Phase 1 was funded through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) official development assistance (ODA) loan.
This project will supply a total of 10 44-meter vessels to PCG to strengthen its coast watch/patrol and search and rescue capabilities.
6 Parola-class MRRVs are already in active service.
Morever, Phase 2 of MSCIP for PCG is already in the pipeline. This project, to be funded with JICA ODA, will acquire 2 heavy weather, high endurance 94-meter MRRVs for PCG.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/posts/669622186541775; https://www.mintfo.com/security-defense/japan-expected-to-deliver-2-phl-vessels-next-month/1150/