The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has given a sneak peek of the ongoing construction of its 84-meter offshore patrol vessel 270 (OPV 270) being built by French shipbuilder OCEA in France.
The sneak peek was provided in PCG’s presentation video of it’s first two 24-meter Fast Patrol Boat type OCEA FPB72 Mark II, BRP Boracay and BRP Panglao, also built by OCEA.
According to the end part of the said video, the OPV from France will be commissioned into service as BRP Gabriela Silang in honor of the Filipina revolutionary leader and heroine María Josefa Gabriela Cariño de Silang.
Delivery of future BRP Gariela Silang is scheduled in August 2019.
OCEA said OPV 270 is an outcome of 30 years of experience and permanent innovation in the field of aluminum design and shipbuilding.
“OCEA confirms its presence in the offshore patrol vessels (OPV) segment, initiated during the 2014 EURONAVAL exhibition by the presentation of its OPV range. OCEA has already delivered 60 m units to the Indonesian Navy in 2015 and to the Senegalese Navy in 2016,” OCEA said.
OPV 270 has a total capacity of 40 crew, 26 personnel, 35 survivors; speed of 22 knots; range of 8000 nm @ 12 knots; and endurance of 5 weeks.
An OPV 270 is designed to for missions like exclusive economic zone (EEZ) surveillance operations, smuggling and illegal immigration control, fight against piracy and trafficking, control of vessels at sea, search & rescue, natural resources and blue economy protection, fight against pollution, and diving operations.