PH Coast Guard's 2nd biggest ship to be delivered next month

PH Coast Guard's 2nd biggest ship to be delivered next month


Great News for our modernizing Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).


The second and sister ship of BRP Teresa Magbanua, also a multi-role response vessel (MRRV), will be delivered next month.

The BRP Melchora Aquino (MRRV-9702) is currently docked at the Shimonoseki Shipyard in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

(photo credit to owner)

It is going through a final "harbor acceptance test and inspection" by the Coast Guard. After the inspection, it will sail from Japan on May 27 and arrive in the Philippines in June.

BRP Melchora Aquino (MRRV-9702) is the second 97-meter MRRV. The first is the BRP Teresa Magbanua which was commissioned into service on May 2.

The ship is modeled after the Kunigami-class vessel of the Japanese Coast Guard.

The Melchora Aquino has a top speed of 24 knots and a range of 4,000 nautical miles.

According to Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Artemio Abu said the Teresa Magbanua and Melchora Aquino will be used to strengthen maritime security and conduct search and rescue operations.

They also have marine environmental protection capabilities.

The ships were acquired by the Department of Transportation under the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project Phase 2.

The funds came from a loan from the Japan Official Development Assistance.







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Report from Manila Times


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