BRP Gabriela Silang arriving in February from France

BRP Gabriela Silang arriving in February from France

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has been always in President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s mind in terms of securing the sovereignty in all Philippine waters as well as its human assistance and disaster relief (HADR) functions.

The recent brand new 10 Parola class patrol boats for the PCG from Japan, the 4  Boracay class 24 meter patrol boats also from France are but clear manifestations that the government is really serious in modernizing the forgotten Philippine Coast Guard.

This year, next month, PCG will be expecting the arrival of its biggest and newest asset – the BRP Gabriela Silang will be arriving in the country next month from France.

BRP Gabriela Silang
(photo credit to owner)

As reported by the PCG, the said vessel started its voyage from France last December 30. A change of flag ceremony was held on December 18 marking the turn over of official ownership to the Republic of the Philippines.

Gabriela Silang is a 83-meter offshore patrol vessel, that was built by France’s shipbuilder OCEA.

“The ship is designed for voyage and operations in rough sea condition,” PCG said.

As for initial reports, the BRP Gabriela Silang will be used put into service to increase the country’s presence and PCG patrols in the Philippine Rise and West Philippine Sea since it has a maximum range of 8,000 nautical miles and can patrol up to 22 days long at sea.

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