The Philippine Cost Guard (PCG) today welcomed its 8th Japan-made Parola-class Multi-role Response Vessel (MRRV) BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409). Photos of the said ceremony were uploaded in MaxDefense Philippines Facebook page, provided by one of its community members.
This 8th vessel will be officially known as BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409). 4405 (4+4+0+5=13) was skipped for the 5th vessel.
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.
A total of 10 Parola-class vessels were ordered.
JICA is also financing MSCIP Phase 2 which will acquire 2 94-meter patrol vessels.
“The project involves the acquisition of two (2) heavy weather, high endurance 94-meter Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRVs), to provide the PCG with vessels with a cruising range capability of 4,000 nautical miles, can be used in Sea-State 6 (wave height of up to 6 meters) in rough sea condition, and are capable to conduct continuous maritime patrol up to 15 days at 15 knots,” NEDA said.
“Each vessel, as claimed by PCG, will enable them to recover as much as 500 passengers in the event of a maritime disaster, as well as provide the country with wider maritime coverage for strategic and national security purposes,” it added.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/posts/683062718531055; http://www.neda.gov.ph/2018/03/02/japan-to-help-fund-6-of-13-new-infra-projects/; http://www.neda.gov.ph/2016/09/15/neda-board-approves-nine-projects-in-first-meeting-changes-in-the-investment-coordination-committee-icc-review-policies-also-green-lighted/