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PH Coast Guard welcomes newest vessel ‘BRP Melchora Aquino’

/ 06:26 PM June 01, 2022

PH Coast Guard welcomes newest vessel 'BRP Melchora Aquino'

BRP Melchora Aquino. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday welcomed the arrival of its newest multi-role response vessel (MRRV) in the country to be commissioned as BRP Melchora Aquino.

PCG commandant Admiral Artemio Abu led the welcome ceremony of the MRRV-9702 at the PCG headquarters in Port Area, Manila.

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According to PCG, the vessel, which is modeled after the Japan Coast Guard Kunigami-class vessel, has a maximum speed of not less than 24 knots and an endurance of not less than 4,000 nautical miles.

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“It is also capable of conducting sustained maritime patrols in the country’s maritime jurisdictions, including the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rise,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Abu also said: “The arrival of this vessel sends a strong message that our country is moving ahead as a maritime nation.”

ATM: BRP Melchora Aquino (MRRV-9702), nakarating na sa Port Area, Manila! 🇵🇭

Posted by Philippine Coast Guard on Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The BRP-Melchora Aquino is the second 97-meter MRRV in the country, following the BRP Teresa Magbanua or MRRV-9701, which was commissioned into the Coast Guard service in May.

The said vessels were procured under Phase 2 of the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project, a Japanese-assisted project funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The two vessels were bought for 14.6 billion yen through a 16.5-billion yen official development assistance loan from the JICA.

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