PH Coast Guard’s most modern ship flies PH flag for first time

PH Coast Guard’s most modern ship flies PH flag for first time

The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) modernization is at full speed.

Fresh from the acquisition of the 10 Parol class patrol vessel from Japan, the PCG is now officially the owner of the largest aluminum Off-shore Patrol Vessel in the world.

Last week the Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) newest and largest offshore patrol vessel (OPV) is now flying the Philippine flag.

The BRP Gabriela Silang during the Change of Flag Ceremony for the Philippine Coast Guard vessel in France
(photo credit to PNA)

In a Facebook post on Friday, the PCG said the 83-meter BRP Gabriela Silang, which was built by French shipbuilder OCEA, had its Change of Flag Ceremony that was led by Philippine Ambassador to France Ma. Theresa Lazaro.

“Ambassador Lazaro represented the DOTr (Department of Transportation) and the PCG in the historic event, which marks the first time the OPV will be flying the national flag, and will now be under the official ownership of the Republic of the Philippines,” the post read.

BRP Gabriela Silang is scheduled to depart from OCEA port on December 30 with its 35 strong and dedicated personnel and crew from the PCG and is expected to arrive in Manila on Feb. 10, 2020.

The BRP Gabriela Silang is an aluminum Off-shore Patrol Vessel and was commissioned for the PCG by the DOTr. Its design was based on the OPV-270 Mk. II that was first unveiled in Euronaval 2014.

BRP Gabriela Silang
(photo credit to owner)

The ship was also the first OPV acquired by the Philippines and the most modern vessel for the modernizing Philippine Coast Guard.

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Report from PNA

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