08 Maret 2017

PHL Coast Guard Commissions 3rd Multirole Response Vessel for Sea Patrols

08 Maret 2017


BRP Malapascua 4403 (photo : Maxdefence)

MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has commissioned into service BRP Malapascua, its third multirole response vessel (MRRV) from Japan, in a ceremony held at its headquarters in Manila Monday.

The activity was spearheaded by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as guest of honor.

The MMRV is equipped with fire monitors, night vision camera, radio direction finder, a work boat and bulletproof navigational bridge.

“The MRRV will be the primary rescue vessel within the PCG district’s area of responsibility (AOR) when the extent of the disaster is beyond the capability of floating assets deployed within the area; provide assistance in the control of oil pollution and protection of the marine environment; enforcement of all applicable maritime laws within the designated AOR, particularly relating to illegal fishing and sea patrol; service as platform for rapid response during relief operations in the area; and transport of personnel and logistical support,” the PCG said in its statement.

The BRP Malapascua, with assigned bow number 4403, was built by the Japan Marine United (JMU) Corp. in Yokohama, Japan and was named after Lighthouse Malapascua Island in Cebu in recognition of the significance of lighthouses in the country.

The vessel will be under the helm of PCG Commanding Officer Gary Dale Gamotea.

PCG spokesperson, Commander Armand Balilo, has earlier stated that the BRP Malapascua will be deployed in the vicinity of Zamboanga and Sulu to conduct maritime security patrols to deter the increasing piracy attacks in southern Mindanao.

“Our thrust is to address the sea piracy in Sulu, so we would just install four units of .50-caliber machine guns and immediately it would be deployed to the southern Philippines,” Balilo said.

The PCG’s first two multirole vessels, BRP Tubbataha and BRP Malabrigo, were also deployed to Mindanao.

Balilo expects that the .50-caliber guns would be installed on the BRP Malapascua to support the patrol of BRP Malabrigo in the Zamboanga-Jolo route.

The PCG is set to receive seven more MRRVs until next year.

The acquisition of the MRRVs is under the project Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project, which was awarded by the transportation department to the JMU Corp. It is being implemented as an Official Development Assistance (ODA) project, via a tied loan extended by the Japan International Corp. Agency.

(PNA)

9 komentar:

  1. 4 biji 50 kal. wow, rambo mania ini mah haha!
    mantap pilipin, hajar tuch perompak penculik opa2 & oma2 haha!

    BalasHapus
  2. Balasan
    1. Sour grape? Haha kiss my ass!

      Hapus
  3. Komentar ini telah dihapus oleh pengarang.

    BalasHapus
  4. harap dipakai di lautan sulu ... jaga sempadan kalian dari penganas2 dan peromoak durjana itu... menyusahkan saja

    BalasHapus
  5. To be honest,with a very limited budget, how long are they be able to keep those "toys". They receive a lot of ships and aircraft in short time, and it will require a lot of maintenance budget, or else those toys may ended into another "rusty sea outpost". Buying and getting stuff is one thing, but keeping them on qood operational condition is the difficult.

    BalasHapus
    Balasan
    1. Bebei. The Philippines is not a dirt poor country as some ignoramus want to portray in this blog. The Philippine economy is the 3rd biggest in SEA (wikipedia), next only to Indonesia and Thailand, one of the fastest growing economy in Asia, eclipsed only by China. The reason why we have a weak military is mainly caused by a meager defense budget allocated by the government, only 1% of gdp or about $3 billion or less per year for the last 50 years, and this is one of the lowest in SEA. While this practice has good intentions because they project that economy and services are being prioritized, the good intention was saddled by corruption and much political strife. Now to answer your on how these assets are to be maintained to good condition. As far as manpower and technical capacity is concerned, Philippines never had a problem with that; only the budget remains the only gray area. You are right in saying that we have a very limited budget as far as defense is concerned, so the DND through the initiative of the secretary is pushing for a 2.5% of gdp as defense budget in congress. If approved, this would increase the budget of AFP to about $8 billion, enough to buy and maintain the new assets.if that wont work, the AFP modernization has allocated part of its fund for maintenance

      Hapus
    2. @aymokay ,good comment from our neighbour. Philippine is one of the fastest growing in asean beside indonesia.

      Hapus