Manufacturing of Philippine Navy’s first Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV), designated as LD-601 with prospective name of BRP Tarlac, was completed April 4, Indonesian news providers report. Delivery of said vessel is expected before the 118th founding anniversary of Philippine Navy on May 20.
The vessel was launched at the PT PAL (Persero) shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia in January 2016.
It has a crew of 17 officers and 98 enlisted personnel a total of 115.
Navy spokesperson Colonel Edgard Arevalo earlier said full-fledged sea trials of the ship will start when the sailing crew arrives in March 2016. “It’s akin to a car doing road test. The facilities and other navigational instruments are being tested to ensure seaworthiness, especially before its embarks on its voyage to the Philippines.”
The Philippines has a two-SSV order with PT PAL (Persero) for Php3,870,000,000 which is sourced from the AFP Modernization Fund. SSVs are programmed to be the Navy’s floating command center carrying out their main purpose as military sealift and transport vessels and also for humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
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