Probably the most advanced naval vessel of the Philippines, the Philippine Navy’s very first Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV) is now at the Manila South Harbor breakwater on Saturday as verified by Navy spokesman Capt. Lued Lincuna. The country’s first SSV, BRP Tarlac was docked at Pier 13 in Manila Harbor.
The ultra-modern Navy vessel has moved into the Philippine territory via the Sibutu passageway in Tawi-Tawi on Thursday. Based on the Philippine Navy’s statement to the press, the vessel as well as crew members of the ship will proceed through Customs Immigration quarantine, Licuna said.
The country’s very first sealift vessel named BRP Tarlac finished its sea tests before its appearance in Manila. The maker examined the vessel which is to be utilized by the Philippine Navy. The assessment phase sought to determine the functionality of all the vessel’s machineries as well as equipment.
Capt. Lincuna the spokesperson of the Philippine Navy was cited as stating “It is also conducted to check and measure the ship’s general performance and seaworthiness,” said Lincuna.
The Philippine government under the Aquino administration purchased two SSVs from PT PAL for P3.87 billion which was acquired from the Armed Forces of the Philippines modernization budget. The Navy started the purchasing of the ships upon the approval of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin in 2013.
The SSVs will function as the Navy’s command center by performing their main objective as military sealift as well as transport vessels, and also for humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Based on the facts unveiled by Philippine Navy every ship is approximately to weigh about 7,300 gross register tons. The ships are capable to move significant numbers of troops, logistics as well as supplies.