04 Mei 2009

Philippines Commissions Cyclone-Class Patrol Ship

1 Mei 2004
Cyclone class-patrol ship (photo : USEmbassy)

On March 9, Philippine President Gloria Arroyo formally commissioned the BRP General Mariana Alvarez, the Cyclone-class patrol ship procured from the United States for $3 million in February 2002.

The 54-meter vessel is armed with one Mk38 25mm gun, one Mk96 stabilized 25mm gun, four Mk 19 automatic grenade launchers, chaff launchers, four .50-caliber machine guns and one M-60 machine gun. It is equipped with HF data and satellite communications as well as an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat armed with a .50-caliber machine gun.

Originally built by Bollinger Shipyards of Louisiana and commissioned into the U.S. Navy in 1993, the vessel was modernized prior to delivery, at a cost of $17 million. The single Cyclone class in addition to the four used Sea Dolphin-class patrol boats delivered from South Korea - two in 1995 and two in 2003 - will form a new task group that will be deployed along the nation's border with Malaysia and Indonesia.

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