PHL’s brand new patrol boat from France arrives

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s second of four 24-meter Fast Patrol Boat type OCEA FPB72 Mark II ordered from France has arrived in Subic. A photo of the said arrival was uploaded by MaxDefense Philippines in its social networking page.

The said patrol boat will be officially known as BRP Panglao (2402) in coast guard service. The first patrol boat, BRP Boracay (2401), of same class arrived early August.

French shipbuilder OCEA launched BRP Panglao on June 4. She was loaded for delivery at OCEA’s shipyard in Saint-Nazaire in France on July 18.

OCEA launched to the sea the third of four 24-meter FPB72 Mark II, BRP Malamawi (2403) on July 10.

These 24-meter FPBs were designed “to ensure all typical Coast Guard missions such as: Coast Patrol of Territorial and Economic Zone Waters; Surveillance and Coast Guard operations; Fishing surveillance operations; Smuggling, fight against illegal immigration and fishing activities; Search and rescue operations; Control of vessels at sea.”

“Entirely designed and built by OCEA, this versatile and competitive 24 m type OCEA FPB 72 MKII is based on the model already operated by the Surinam Coast Guard (2 units) and Nigerian Navy (7 units) and adapted to meet the operational requirements of the Philippine Coast Guards,” OCEA said.

OCEA committed to deliver all four brand new 24-meter FPB72 Mark IIs this year.

OCEA is also building an 84-meter offshore patrol vessel type OCEA OPV 270 for PCG, expected to be delivered in 2019.