PH Coast Guard’s largest, newest patrol ship arrives in the country

PH Coast Guard’s largest, newest patrol ship arrives in the country

The newest, modern, and biggest Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessel built in France , Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)

“Dumating na sa Pilipinas ang BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) o ang pinakabago at pinakamalaking barko ng Tanod Baybayin ng Pilipinas,” the PCG said.

As reported earlier the PCG will be using the OPV as a transport ship while government is battling the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19, however, designating it as a quarantine ship is also a possibility.

BRP Gabriela Silang entering Philippine waters
(photo credit to owner)

“Sa kasagsagan ng banta ng COVID-19, gagamitin ang barkong ito sa pagbibiyahe ng mga medical supplies, PPE, gamot, pati na rin mga frontliners tulad ng mga medical workers sa mga regional hospitals sa buong bansa,” PCG said.

Moreover, the PCG said it is willing to designate the offshore patrol vessel as a quarantine ship, as the need arises.

Considered as the largest and most advanced aluminum hull OPV in the world to date, the BRP Gabriela Silang can ferry approximately 500 people at one time.

According to the PCG, the Offshore Patrol vessel has a range of 8,000 nautical miles at 15 knots and an endurance of up to five weeks of operation. It has an excellent sea keeping ability and maneuverability on top of the great comfort it offers for people onboard.

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