PCG’s newest, largest patrol vessel set to arrive

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The Philippine Coast Guard’s new 83.6-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) built by French shipbuilder OCEA is reportedly arriving tomorrow April 7.

“The low-key arrival of the Philippine Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) is scheduled tomorrow in the PCG’s headquarters,” MaxDefense Philippines said in an update.

“It was also confirmed that the ship is NOT YET COMMISSIONED, and the PCG is still planning the commissioning date of the ship, hence our naming it as “Gabriela Silang” rather than “BRP Gabriela Silang”,” MaxDefense noted.

BRP Gabriela Silang officially left France December 30, however, PCG said that it “docked at the Malta Freeport to conduct ferry missions to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Middle East who may need immediate extrication.”

It was in mid-March when BRP Gabriela Silang reportedly resumed voyage to the Philippines.

PCG said that BRP Gabriela Silang is considered as the largest and most advanced aluminum hull OPV in the world to date, the BRP Gabriela Silang is designed to meet the demanding mandate of the PCG which highlights the responsibility to perform maritime search and rescue in service to the nation.

“The OPV can ferry approximately 500 people at one time and is more than capable to perform beyond its contractual specification of 20 knots of speed. It has a range of 8000 nautical miles at 15 knots and an endurance of up to five weeks of operation. It has an excellent sea keeping ability and maneuverability on top of the great comfort it offers for people onboard,” it noted.