7th and 8th Parola-class patrol vessels delivered to Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has officially commissioned its seventh and eighth Parola-class patrol vessels.

BRP Cape San Agustin and BRP Cabra, with pennant numbers 4408 and 4409 respectively, were commissioned at the PCG’s National Headquarters in South Harbor, Manila Bay on 28 March.

This delivery is a part of the contract signed between the Philippine Department of Transportation and shipbuilder Japan Maritime United Corporation (JMUC) in 2015 for 10 patrol vessels.

Parola Class 02 Ceremony

The ships are builded as a version of the Japan Coast Guard’s Bizan-class patrol vessel and named after primary lighthouses in the Philippines, with the Tagalog word “Parola” meaning “lighthouse” in English.

The Philippine Coast Guard clarified that the ships are designed for law enforcement duties, to conduct environmental and humanitarian missions, as well as maritime security operations and patrol missions. Parola-class patrol vessels are officially classified as Multi-role Response Vessels (MRRV).

Parola Class has a length of 44 m, width of 7.5 m, draught of 4 m and can accommodate a crew of 25, including five officers. Powered by two MTU 12V 4000 M93L diesel engines, the vessel can attain a top speed of 27 kt.

The ships are designed with a bulletproof navigation bridge, and is equipped with fire monitors, night vision capability, a work boat, and radio direction finder capability.

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ASELSAN SMASH selected for Philippines Navy frigate project

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) won a contract in 2016 to supply the Philippines Navy with two 2,600-tonne frigates that derive its design from the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) Incheon (FFX-I) class.

And Hyundai stated they had selected ASELSAN SMASH as the 30 mm Gun System in the project.


According to specifications provided by Aselsan;

SMASH is a remotely operated stabilized weapon station fitted with 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster-II Canon.
SMASH configurations incorporate advanced features as remote operation, built-in electro-optic sensor system for autonomous operation, day and night operation, stabilized turret, automatic target tracking (detect, track and fire on the move) and ballistic computation.
SMASH System has a stabilized turret which enables the line-of-sight of the gun to be aimed at the target at all times. Due to the stabilization feature, the system can perform precise firings against stationary or moving targets while the platform is on-the-move.

System can be operated remotely by using the remote gun control unit and hence provides gunner protection against counter fire. Besides, SMASH System is capable of firing 200 rounds per minute with its dual feed 30mm automatic cannon.