“Very good. I’m very happy. Now we can fight,” Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said after inspecting the newly installed 12.7mm caliber Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) on Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s Multi-role Response Vessel (MRRV) BRP Tubbataha (MRRV-4401).
The inspection was done after Secretary Tugade delivered his speech for the 118th Founding Anniversary celebration of PCG today, October 10.
BRP Tubbataha is the first patrol vessel delivered under the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project that provided PCG with 10 patrol vessels.
According to PCG the 44-meter MRRVs have a standard cruising speed of 25 knots, and a range of 1,500 nautical miles.
PCG said that the MRRVs will be the primary rescue vessels within the PCG district’s area of responsibility (AOR) when the extent of the disaster is beyond the capability of floating assets deployed within the area; provision of assistance in the control of oil pollution and protection of the marine environment; enforcement of all applicable maritime laws within the designated AOR, particularly relating to illegal fishing and sea patrol; service as platform for rapid response during relief operations in the area; and transportation of personnel and logistical support.