PCG’s 1st French-built patrol boat arrives in Subic
The first of the four French-built 24-meter Fast Patrol Boat “FPB 72 MKII” has arrived in Subic Bay Seaport Wednesday, August 8, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino said that the newly-built boat and the three other similar vessels, which will arrive soon, will be used in the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government and to prevent other lawlessness inside the Philippine waters.
The FPB 72 MKII has a length of 24 meters and a maximum speed of 28 nautical miles per hour. It can carry 12 crew and 16 passengers.
The second and third patrol boats are expected to be delivered in September and November this year while the last boat is expected to arrive in January 2019.
Hermogino said the FPB 72 MKII is scheduled to be commissioned on August 23 at the PCG National Headquarters.
The acquisition of the patrol boats from France was part of the agreement between the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and French shipbuilder OCEA.
Aside from the four patrol boats, the PCG will also be acquiring one 82-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel. The total acquisition cost of all the vessels is P5.142 billion.
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