Photo of Philippine Coast Guard’s fifth Japan-made 44-meter Parola-class Multi-role Response Vessel (MRRV) surfaced online courtesy of MarineTraffic.com. PCG’s fifth 44-meter MRRV is BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406).
According to MaxDefense Philippines “it appears that the PCG is following the Philippine Navy’s superstitious beliefs, skipping the hull number 4405 and jumping to 4406.”
Adding the digits in 4405 will result to 13.
The Philippine government has ordered 10 vessels from Japan through the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) Phase I funded by loan from Japan International Corporation Agency. Deliveries are expected every quarter until completion of 10 units in 2018.
These 10 vessels are being named after the primary lighthouses in the country to denote its significance as one of the navigational aids in the maritime industry.
44-Meter MRRVs delivered and already in active PCG service are BRP Tubbataha (MRRV-4401), BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402), BRP Malapascua (MRRV-4403), and BRP Capones (MRRV-4404).
According to MSCIP, these vessels will act as (1) “primary rescue vessels within the PCG District’s areas of responsibility (AOR) when the extent of the disaster is beyond the capability of floating assets deployed within the area.”
The MRRVs will also (2) assist in controlling oil pollution and protection of the marine environment. (3) These vessels will also enforce applicable maritime laws within the designated AOR, particularly relating to illegal fishing and sea patrol. The vessels will provide (4) service as platform for rapid response during relief operations in the area, and (5) transport of personnel and logistical support.
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