The Philippine Navy will be spending PhP2.863 million for the repair and maintenance of the five oldest Navy patrol vessels. These patrol vessels are BRP Miguel Malvar (PS-19), BRP Magat Salamat (PS-20), BRP Cebu (PS-28), BRP Pangasinan (PS-31), and the BRP Rizal (PS-74).
All of the mentioned vessels are of World War II vintage and are still being used for patrol and maritime surveillance by the Navy.
These vessels have the average age of 50 to 70 years old.
Pre-bid conference is slated at 1 p.m. on Aug. 30, at the Office of the PN Bids and Awards Committee, Naval Station Jose Francisco, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City. Winning bidders are required to complete the repair within 45 calendar days.
BRP Miguel Malvar (PS-19), BRP Magat Salamat (PS-20), BRP Cebu (PS-28), and BRP Pangasinan (PS-31) are from the Miguel Malvar class is a ship class of patrol corvettes of the Philippine Navy, and are currently its oldest class of corvettes. Prior to conversion as corvettes, these ships were formerly used by the US Navy as Admirable-class minesweepers, and PCE-842-class and PCE(R)-848-class patrol craft, which were both based on the Admirable-class hull.
Meanwhile, BRP Rizal (PS-74), one of the two Rizal class ships in service, is an ex-USN Auk class minesweeper.