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PH Coast Guard’s largest response vessel finally arrives

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) largest vessel acquisition to date, the 97-meter multi-role response vessel (MRRV)-9701, arrived in the country Saturday morning, PhilStar Global reported.

Vice Admiral Eduardo Fabricante, PCG officer-in-charge, said in a statement that the multi-role response vessel (MRRV) 9701 is the first of two 97-meter vessels funded by the Japanese government under the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) Phase 2.

“We are very happy that the Philippine Coast Guard’s largest ship is here. We thank our dear President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Department of Transportation Secretary [Arthur] Tugade for their continued support of the modernization of the PCG,” said Fabricante.

The new MRRVs have a top speed of at least 24 knots and a range of at least 4,000 nautical miles.

Once commissioned as BRP Teresa Magbanua, the ship will be used to assist in the operation of the PCG Task Force Pagsasanay.

In Philippine waters, the PCG Task Force Pagsasanay is at the forefront of promoting maritime security, safety, law enforcement, search and rescue, and marine environmental protection.

The MRRV-9701, modeled after Japan Coast Guard Kunigami-class vessels, is the first of two 97-meter vessel projects funded by the Japanese government in October 2016 as part of Phase 2 of the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) between the Philippine government and Japan through the DoTr.

The project specifications called for the use of Japanese technology, recognizing the country’s notable expertise in shipbuilding.

Each MRRV has a top speed of no less than 24 knots and a range of no less than 4,000 nautical miles. They can conduct continuous maritime patrols in the country’s maritime jurisdictions, including the West Philippine Sea and the Philippine Rise.

The two vessels will greatly enhance the PCG’s capabilities in conducting maritime search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response operations in the country’s waters and exclusive economic zone.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. was contracted to build the two MRRVs. Ltd. by the DoTr as part of the MSCIP Phase 2 project.

The MSCIP Phase 2 is a Japanese-assisted project supported by a 16.5 billion yen Official Development Assistance loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (P7.4 billion ).

The contract between the Department of Transportation and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for the design, construction, and delivery of two 97-meter MRRVs totaling 14.6 billion yen (P6.5 billion) was signed on December 27, 2019 and went into effect on May 8, 2020.

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