Good News!: PH Coast Guard first 97M Response Vessel wraps final sea trials

Good News!: PH Coast Guard first 97M Response Vessel wraps final sea trials


The brand news for the country’s Philippine Coast Guard will soon be home.


Reports has come in that it has been conducting official sea trials, the Multi-Role Response Vessel (MRRV)-9701, in the waters off Japan.

The sea trials of the MRRV-9701 from January 25 to 28 were to measure the vessel's performance and general seaworthiness. The test included gauging the vessel's speed, maneuverability, functionality of equipment, and safety features.

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It is expected to be arriving in Manila by the end of this month, the MRRV-9701 will be commissioned into the Coast Guard service as Barko Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Teresa Magbanua in honor of the Filipina schoolteacher and military leader during the 1896 Philippine Revolution against Spain who was dubbed as the "Visayan Joan of Arc."

MRRV-9701 is the first of two 97-meter vessel projects financed by the Japanese government under Phase 2 of the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) between the Philippine government, through the Department of Transportation, and Japan in October 2016. The project terms called for the application of Japanese technology, recognizing their notable expertise in shipbuilding.



Each of the new MRRVs measure approximately 97 meters, has a maximum speed of not less than 24 knots, and an endurance of not less than 4,000 nautical miles. The ships are capable of conducting sustained maritime patrols in the country's maritime jurisdictions, including the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rise.

In addition, the two vessels will significantly boost the capabilities of the PCG in conducting maritime search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations in the country's waters and exclusive economic zone.



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Report from The Manila Times


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