Philippine Coast Guard’s first Parola-class patrol vessel BRP Tubbataha (MRRV-4401) is scheduled to be commissioned to Coast Guard service tomorrow, October 12 at Headquarters PCG, Port Area, Manila 3pm. BRP Tubbataha arrived mid-August this year. President Rodrigo Duterte, as Guest of Honor and Speaker, will be leading the commissioning ceremony at the same time PCG’s 115th Founding Anniversary.
The Philippine government has ordered 10 Parola-class patrol vessels from Japan through the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) Phase I. Parola-class patrol vessel is a 44-meter Multi-Role Response Vessel (MRRV) built by Japanese shipbuilder Japan Marine United (JMU).
The MSCIP Phase I for PCG, providing 10 44-meter MRRVs, was awarded to JMU last year. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed Japanese ODA loan agreement with Philippine government to provide funding for the said project in December 2013.
The second Parola-class patrol vessel is expected to sail to the Philippines this December and will be named as BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402). Succeeding deliveries are expected every quarter until completion of 10 units in 2018.
Meanwhile, President Duterte has approved the acquisition of two (2) heavy weather, high endurance 94-meter MRRVs under the MSCIP Phase II.
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