Pres Duterte leads commissioning of PCG's 2nd largest ship- BRP Melchora Aquino

Pres Duterte leads commissioning of PCG's 2nd largest ship- BRP Melchora Aquino


Outgoing President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has less than a month before he steps down from Malacanang, but this fact did not stop him to attend to another historical milestone for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).


The Chief Executive led the commissioning of Barko ng Pangulo ng Pilipinas (BRP) Melchora Aquino -- the Multi-Role Response Vessel (MRRV) 9702 of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) -- at Pier 15, South Harbor in Manila.

“By the authority vested in me as President of the Republic of the Philippines, I hereby commission BRP Melchora Aquino also known as MRRV-9702…” Duterte said in his speech during the formal commissioning of the PCG vessel.

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The Chief Executive granted permission to the Commanding Officer and first watch or sentinel “to set the watch” that will commence BRP Melchora Aquino’s official duty as a commissioned vessel and rendered a salute to acknowledge the said vessel.

MRRV 9702, named after Melchora Aquino, popularly known as “Tandang Sora” and Mother of Katipunan, is one of the two largest white ships acquired by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the PCG through its Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) Phase 2.

It is ready to conduct sustained maritime patrols in the country’s maritime jurisdictions, including the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rise.

Similar with BRP Teresa Magbanua (MRRV 9701), the MRRV 9702 is modeled after the Japan Coast Guard’s Kunigami-class vessel that has a maximum speed of not less than 24 nautical miles per hour and endurance of not less than 4,000 nautical miles.

In his speech, the President lauded the PCG for its “excellent record” of helping the government in “maintaining its independence and integrity as a republic.”

He also praised Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade for “husbanding” the PCG through the formal commissioning of the brand new capital ship BRP Melchora Aquino.

“We have gone a long way to improve. I am thankful for Arthur, including the railways. In our own humble way, he said, we delivered,” he added.






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