BRP Gabriela Silang to be delivered December

BRP Gabriela Silang to be delivered December

The Philippine Coast Guard’s morale nowadays is high.
Specially now that reports came in that its biggest Offshore Patrol vessel (OPV) the soon to be named BRP Gabriela Silang is scheduled to be delivered to the country this coming December. The ship was launched recently in France. 

The France shipbuilder OCEA made the 83.6 meter OPV 270 under the Philippine Ports and Philippine Coast Guard Capability (PP-PCG) Development Project with Department of Transportation (DOTR) as the head agency.
PCG's soon to be BRP Gabriela Silang

“It was signed into contract last 09 September 2014 with contract cost of €97,032,507 equivalent to Php 5,593,623,382.06,” PCG said. “To finance the implementation of this project, President Rodrigo Duterte issued Presidential Authority on January 10,2017 authorizing Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G Dominguez to enter into financing agreement with BNP Paribas (France).”
Also included in the PP-PCG Development Project are the four Boracay-class 24-meter patrol boats BRP Boracay, BRP Panglao, BRP Malamawi, and BRP Kalanggaman also built by OCEA which are already in active PCG service.
As per PCG, BRP Gabriella Silang will be utilized for patrol duties in the disputed West Philippine Sea, Benham Rise and in other anti-piracy and terrorism campaigns of the government in the southern Philippines.

BRP Gabriela Silang is said to be the largest aluminum made OPV in the world, among its features are: mission management system (MMS) with dedicated command and control center, which integrates vessel’s sensors such as radars, automatic identification system (AIS), communications equipment, surveillance equipment, day and night vision camera, etc; two onboard 9-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs); and hybrid diesel-electric type main engine. 

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