Philippine Coast Guard OPV BRP Gabriela Silang Completes Maiden Sea Trials

The future BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301), an 84m offshore patrol vessel being built by France’s OCEA Shipyard for the Philippine Coast Guard, successfully completed her maiden sea trials earlier this month.

The preliminary sea trials of the vessel, based on OCEA’s OPV 270 design, demonstrated the general good behavior of the vessel, said the shipyard in a statement.

“The OPV 270 has shown her excellent sea keeping performances, an essential capability in the perspective of future helicopter or RIHB operations. The crew could experience great comfort on board the vessel and the very low noise level in the wheelhouse. Indeed OCEA pays specific attention to the comfort on board, in order to increase the operational readiness of the crew and complements. The good maneuverability of the vessel allowed to push further the trials. The contractual maximum speed was even exceeded by one and a half knots!”

“These preliminary results make OCEA shipyard confident about the successful outcome of this major program”, added the statement.

The futureĀ BRP Gabriela Silang was launched on July 17 this year at the OCEA site in Les Sables d’Olonne. She is the largest ship built at Les Sables d’Olonne as well as the world’s largest aluminum offshore patrol vessel.

The launching of the Philippine Coast Guard's OCEA OPV 270 offshore patrol vessel, named BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301), on July 17, 2019 at the OCEA site in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. OCEA Photo.
The launching of the Philippine Coast Guard’s OCEA OPV 270 offshore patrol vessel, named BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301), on July 17, 2019 at the OCEA site in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. OCEA Photo.

The vessel is named after Gabriela Silang, a revolutionary leader during the Philippine struggle for independence from Spain. Once commissioned, she will be the first OPV and the largest and most modern vessel of the Philippine Coast Guard.

In January 2018, it was announced that the Philippine Coast Guard selected OCEA for the supply of 5 patrol vessels in civil standards, along with the associated logistics and support services. The deal included one 84 m OCEA OPV 270 offshore patrol vessel, four 24 m OCEA FPB 72 MKII fast patrol boats, crew and maintenance teams training and the maintenance of the vessels in operational conditions.

All the four fast patrol boats, named BRP Boracay (FPB-2401), BRP Panglao (FPB-2402), BRP Malamawi (FPB-2403) and BRP Kalanggaman (FPB-2404), are already delivered and commissioned into service.

The acquisition of a second OPV is also being considered and is still pending with the Philippine Department of Transportation, which oversees the Coast Guard.

BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301)

BRP Gabriela Silang has an overall length of 84.00 m, a maximum speed of 20 knots, a range of 8000 nm at 12 knots and an endurance of 5 weeks. The vessel has a crew complement of 40 and can accommodate 26 personnel along with 35 civilian passengers.

The very versatile 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.

Capabilities:

+ Stabilization of the platform for missions up to 5 weeks
+ Diesel-electric propulsion optimizing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and maintenance costs
+ Ability to land, hold and maintain a 5-ton class helicopter
+ Deployment of 2 RHIB of 9.2 m
+ Mission Management System that integrates surveillance, detection and communication capabilities for situational awareness
+ Ability to accommodate divers and special forces personnel as well as casualties, castaways, and offenders.



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