Philippines Coast Guard BRP Gabriela Silan
Philippines Coast Guard BRP Gabriela Silan

Philippines Coast Guard BRP Gabriela Silan to Arrive in February 2020

The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) newest and largest offshore patrol vessel (OPV) is now officially under the ownership of the country after it flew the Philippine flag for the first time. French Shipbuilding OCEA formally turned over the vessel to the PCG in a ceremony held in Saint Nazaire on December 18. The BRP Gabriela Silang, will depart France on December 30 and is set to arrive in Manila on February 10, 2020. Also present in the historic event were the 35 PCG personnel and crew who will operate the vessel and will bring it home to the Philippines. The 83-meter BRP Gabriela Silang change of Flag Ceremony that was led by Philippine Ambassador to France Ma. Theresa Lazaro.

Philippines Coast Guard BRP Gabriela Silan
Philippines Coast Guard BRP Gabriela Silan

The very versatile 83-meter BRP Gabriela Silang (OCEA OPV 270) is designed to carry out all maritime security and safety missions under the responsibility of the Coast Guard in the waters of the Philippine archipelago. It can conduct Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance operations, smuggling and illegal immigration control, anti-piracy and anti-trafficking missions, search & rescue, natural resources and blue economy protection, anti-pollution activities, diving operations and sovereignty missions.
Powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M73 diesel engines, Gabriela Silang has a contractual maximum speed of 22 kt and a range of 8,000 n miles at 12 kt. The OPV can accommodate a crew of 40, with 26 additional spaces for mission-specific crew. It can also take up to 35 evacuees when accommodated in more austere conditions. With its core crew, the vessel has an endurance of five weeks. OCEA specializes in aluminium ships. The use of aluminium has a positive impact on the through-life support of the vessel (no rust compared to steel vessels). Another advantage is that aluminium is lighter than steel, which reduces fuel consumption.
Philippines Coast Guard BRP Gabriela Silan
Philippines Coast Guard BRP Gabriela Silan

The Gabriela Silang also features two jail cells, a sick bay, a command and control room with Nexeya’s LYNCEA combat management system, a diver’s room, helicopter deck and hangar for the Philippine Coast Guard H145 (an H135 for the deck trials in France), 2x RHIBS by Sillinger, passive and active stabilization systems, Kelvin Hughes navigation radars. Beyond these technical characteristics, the Government of the Philippines demonstrated its forward-thinking during the international competition for the attribution of the contract by explicitly stating that it was also seduced by the exceptional performance in terms of CO2 emissions and operational costs.
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