PHL set to activate 2 vessels, 7 rubber boats from Japan

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UPDATED: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is scheduled to commission to service the two new Parola-class Multi-role Response Vessels (MRRV) from Japan. Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Cape San Agustin (MRRV-4408) and BRP (MRRV-4409) Cabra arrived early this month and last week, respectively. These vessels are the 7th and 8th in their class. (4405 was skipped; 4+4+0+5=13)

Turn-over of first three RHIBs and commissioning of 4th, 5th, and 6th Parola-class vessels on November 20, 2017. Japanese Embassy in the Philippines photo

“The Philippine Coast Guard is scheduled to commission two Parola-class Multi-Role Response Vessels, the BRP Cape San Agustin (MRRV-4408) and BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409) on Wednesday, March 28, 2018,” MaxDefense Philippines said in an article published March 24.

“The event will also formally hand-over the 7-[meter] RHIBs (Rubber Hulled Inflatable Boats) to the PCG, which will then be put to service,” it added.

Parola-class vessels are 44-meter ships ordered from Japan Marine United through the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) for PCG Phase 1. This project will supply 10 44-meter vessels to PCG to strengthen its coast watch/patrol and search and rescue capabilities.

MSCIP for PCG Phase 1 was funded through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) official development assistance (ODA) loan.

With the arrival and commissioning of MRRV-4408 and MRRV-4409, the PCG is set to accept 2 more Parola-class vessels.

The RHIBs are part of the 13 7-meter RHIBs pledged by the Japanese government at the request of President Duterte Rodrigo.

The first three RHIBs were formally turned over on November 20, 2017 during the commissioning of 4th, 5th, and 6th Parola-class vessels.

Sources: https://maxdefense.blogspot.com/2018/03/2-multi-role-response-vessels-7-rhibs.html; http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000401.html