PHL Coast Guard eyeing 2 more BRP Gabriela Silang like ships

PHL Coast Guard eyeing 2 more BRP Gabriela Silang like ships

The modernization of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) keeps on and is moving forward full steam ahead.

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant Vice Admiral George V. Ursabia Jr. in an interview with AM station DZBB last June 21 reveals that the organization has started talks for the acquisitions of more capable and modern ships like the French made BRP Gabriela Silang.

“Nagsimula na kami makipagusap sa French government at sa US kung pwede,” said Ursabia.

PCG's BRP Gabriela Silang
(photo credit to owner)

“We are thinking of getting more like the BRP Gabriela Silang,” Vice Admiral Ursabia adds. “We are thinking of getting two more of which.”

BRP Gabriela Silang is an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) made in France, is currently being used by the PCG as a transport ship for government’s COVID-19 response efforts.

The PCG chief reveals that BRP Gabriela Silang is really intended for patrolling West Philippine Sea.

“Iniisip na rin namin dapat meron na rin kaming RO-RO type na barko, katulad ng sa commercial [shipping] para naman ‘pag meron tayong mga krisis o pandemic na kailangan natin magtransport hindi lamang tao pati rin mga relief goods at medisina, at least mayroon tayong sariling barko sa gobyerno tulad ng Coast Guard para mag-transport kaagad-agad pag mayroong mga krisis,” the PCG commandant added.

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