A total of eighteen Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel will be training in France as the sailing crew of future BRP Gabriela Silang, PCG’s largest and most modern patrol vessel, from September to October.
The training of the sailing crew will be conducted ahead of expected delivery of the 83.6-meter BRP Gabriela Silang in early December.
The patrol vessel was built by French shipbuilder OCEA based on OPV 270. OCEA said OPV 270 is the largest aluminium OPV built in the world and the outcome of 30 years of experience and permanent innovation to reduce the costs of ownership and environmental impact.
OCEA said that among the capabilities and features of OPV 270 are: stabilization of the platform for missions up to 5 weeks; diesel-electric propulsion optimizing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and maintenance costs; ability to land, hold and maintain a 5-ton class helicopter; deployment of 2 RHIB of 9.2 m; mission management system that integrates surveillance, detection and communication capabilities for situational awareness; and ability to accommodate onboard castaways, offenders, wounded, divers, special forces.
OCEA is also the builder of PCG’s four Boracay-class 24-meter patrol boats BRP Boracay, BRP Panglao, BRP Malamawi, and BRP Kalanggaman.