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.
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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