The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s 3rd and 4th 24-meter Fast Patrol Boat type OCEA FPB72 Mark II ordered from French shipbuilder OCEA were photoed being loaded in a commercial transport vessel for delivery to the Philippines.
Photos of the said loading were uploaded in MaxDefense Philippines, provided by anonymous contributor.
The vessels, tobe officially known as BRP Malamawi (FPB2403) and BRP Kalanggaman (FPB2404) in PCG service, are expected to arrive in November.
This development comes after the first and second OCEA FPB72 Mark II were commissioned earlier this week.
“The FPB has a maximum speed (light load) of up to 30 knots; it is specially designed for hot pursuit and rallying as well as endurance even during rough weather operation. It can accommodate 27 persons (12 crews and 16 passengers),” PCG said.
“This acquisition is an additional asset to the PCG in the conduct of its missions such as general coastal patrol of territorial and economic zone waters, law enforcement operations, surveillance and Coast Guard operations, fishing surveillance operations, anti-smuggling and illegal immigration control, search and rescue operations, control of vessels at sea, and special operations,” it added.
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