The first of two 94-meter multirole response vessels (MMRVs) acquired by the Department of Transportation for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has just been launched at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.’s Shimonoseki Shipyard.
As the largest vessels in the PCG’s fleet, modeled after Japan’s own coast guard vessels, the two will be a formidable force. The two ships will have a top speed of at least 24 knots and a range of at least 4,000 nautical miles.
The MMRVs were purchased to improve PCG’s maritime search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, disaster response operations, and maritime law enforcement capabilities. The latter might dispatch them to patrol one of the world’s most volatile areas: the West Philippine Sea.
“It is a big stride in the development of our country in the context of maritime security and maritime safety,” said coast guard commandant George V. Ursabia Jr., who also hailed the vessels as a watershed moment for the PCG, the DOTr, and the Philippines as a whole.
Both vessels will arrive in the first half of 2022.
The purchase is part of a larger partnership with the Japanese government, namely the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project Phase II Program, which is part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s P7.52-billion official development assistance loan package.