BRP Capones (MRRV-4404)

BRP Capones (MRRV-4404) is the fourth ship of the Parola-class patrol vessels of the Philippine Coast Guard.

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History
Philippines
Name: BRP Capones
Namesake: Lighthouse Capones located in Capones Island, Zambales
Ordered: 29 May 2015
Builder: Japan Marine United, Yokohama, Japan
Completed: April 2017
Commissioned: 30 May 2017
Identification:
Status: In Active Service
General characteristics
Class and type: Parola-class patrol vessel
Length: 44.5 m (146 ft)
Beam: 7.5 m (25 ft)
Draft: 4 m (4.0 m)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × MTU 12V4000M93L 12-cylinder diesel engines,
  • Total diesel engine output: 3,460 shp (2,580 kW)
Speed: Maximum @ 25 knots (46 km/h), cruising 15 knots (28 km/h)
Range: 1,500 nautical miles (2,800 km)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 × RHIB work boat
Complement: 25 (5 officers, 20 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Furuno FAR series X & S-band navigation radars

Design and featuresEdit

The Philippine Coast Guard clarified that the ship is a law enforcement vessel and is designed to conduct environmental and humanitarian missions, as well as maritime security operations and patrol missions.[1]

The ship was designed with a bulletproof navigation bridge, and is equipped with fire monitors, night vision capability, a work boat, and radio direction finder capability.[2]

The ship will be equipped with communications and radio monitoring equipment from Rohde & Schwarz, specifically the M3SR Series 4400 and Series 4100 software-defined communication radios, and DDF205 radio monitoring equipment. These equipment enhances the ship's reconnaissance, pursuit and communications capabilities.[3]

Delivery and CommissioningEdit

According to The Philippine Star reported on May 21, 2017, Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said BRP Capones have arrived in Philippines on May 16.[4]

She was commissioned into service on November 21, 2017 together with the BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406) and BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407).[5]

Service historyEdit

In May 2018, the BRP Capones participated in a fluvial procession in the Manila Bay by carrying the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel.[6]

In September 2018, the ship assisted in the firefighting operations on the MV Lite Ferry 28 which caught fire while docked in Argao, Cebu. The fire was immediately put out and no casualties were reported among the ship’s 92 passengers and 29 crew members.[7]

In October 2018, the BRP Capones towed the vessel M/V Mags Royal back to port after the ship ran aground off Bansaan Island in Talibon, Bohol, suffering a nine-by-six-inch hole in the hull near the rudder. All of the M/V Royal's passengers and crew were brought back to safety.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marcelo, Elizabeth (2016-08-18). "Coast guard acquires 44-meter patrol vessel from Japan". GMA News. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  2. ^ "LOOK: PH Coast Guard gets new rescue ship from Japan". Rappler. 2016-07-28. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  3. ^ Scott, Richard (2016-11-04). "SDRs for Philippine Coast Guard". IHS Jane's. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  4. ^ Evelyn, Macairan (2017-05-21). "Vessel from Japan to be used vs piracy". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  5. ^ "Philippine Coast Guard commissions 3 new ships"
  6. ^ "Low Turnout for Marian Traslacion in Manila"
  7. ^ “MARINA Probes Cebu Ferry Fire”
  8. ^ “Yacht Ran Aground, Towed to Safety”