Parola-class patrol vessel

The Parola-class patrol vessel is class of patrol vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG),[3] the ships are a development version of the Japan Coast Guard's Bizan-class patrol vessel.

BRP Tubbataha during its delivery to the Philippine Coast Guard
BRP Tubbataha (MRRV-4401)
Class overview
Name: Parola class patrol vessel
Builders: Japan Marine United, Yokohama, Japan
Operators: Philippine Coast Guard
In commission: 2016–present
Planned: 10
Active: 10
General characteristics
Class and type: Parola class patrol Vessel
Displacement: 321 t
Length: 44.5 m (146 ft)
Beam: 7.5 m (25 ft)
Draft: 4 m (13 ft)
Propulsion: 2 × MTU 12V4000M93L 12-cylinder diesel engines, with total output of 2,580 kW (3,460 shp)[1]
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h) cruising speed, 25 knots (46 km/h) maximum speed[1]
Range: 1,500 nautical miles (2,800 km)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 x RHIB
Complement: 25 (5 officers, 20 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Furuno FAR series X & S-band navigation radars

The ships will be named after primary lighthouses in the Philippines, with the Tagalog word "Parola" meaning "lighthouse" in English. The lead ship, BRP Tubbataha, is named after a major lighthouse situated in the Tubbataha Marine National Park in Palawan. Parola-class patrol vessels are officially classified as Multi-role Response Vessels (MRRV).[4]

Project planning and fundingEdit

The ships, a based on the "Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project for the Philippine Coast Guard" project of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC),[5] and was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency's (JICA) Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan. JICA will provide Php 7,373,700,000.00, while the Philippine government will shoulder Php 1,434,000,000.00 of the entire project value.

Japanese shipbuilders were shortlisted by the DOTC, among them Japan Marine United Co., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Nigata Shipbuilding and Repair Inc., and Sumidagawa Shipyard Co. Inc.[6]

Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) won the tender against other Japanese shipbuilders with a bid price of Y12,790,000,000 (Php 4,600,000,000.00).[7]

Under the project terms, the MRRVs will be used by the PCG for the following purposes:

  • Primary rescue vessels within the PCG Districts’ areas of responsibility (AOR) when the extent of the disaster is beyond the capability of floating assets deployed within the area
  • Assistance in the control of oil pollution and protection of the marine environment
  • Enforcement of applicable maritime laws within the designated AOR, particularly relating to illegal fishing and sea patrol
  • Service as platform for rapid response during relief operations in the area
  • Transport of personnel and logistical support.

Design and featuresEdit

The Philippine Coast Guard clarified that the ships are designed for law enforcement duties, to conduct environmental and humanitarian missions, as well as maritime security operations and patrol missions.[8]

The ships are designed with a bulletproof navigation bridge, and is equipped with fire monitors, night vision capability, a work boat, and radio direction finder capability.[9]

The ships are 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.[10]

Keel laying and launchingEdit

The first of its class, BRP Tubbataha (4401), held its keel laying ceremony on 6 February 2016, and was launched on 12 May 2016.[4]

BRP Tubbataha was scheduled to undergo sea trials by June 2016, sail for Manila by August 11, 2016,[1] and was delivered to the Philippine Coast Guard by September 2016.[11] The ship was commissioned with the Philippine Coast Guard on October 12, 2016.[12]

Construction on the second ship of the class began in December 2015,[11] with its keel laid on 13 May 2016.[4] The ship was launched on October 4, 2016, and was commissioned by the PCG on December 22, 2016.[11]

Ships in the classEdit

Pennant number Ship name Launched Commissioned Status
MRRV-4401 BRP Tubbataha 12 May 2016 12 October 2016 Active
MRRV-4402 BRP Malabrigo 4 October 2016 22 December 2016 Active
MRRV-4403 BRP Malapascua January 2017 7 March 2017 Active
MRRV-4404 BRP Capones March 2017 20 November 2017 Active
MRRV-4406 BRP Suluan June 2017 20 November 2017 Active
MRRV-4407 BRP Sindangan August 2017 20 November 2017 Active
MRRV-4408 BRP Cape San Agustin September 2017 28 March 2018 Active
MRRV-4409 BRP Cabra January 2018 28 March 2018 Active
MRRV-4410 BRP Bagacay May 2018 23 August 2018 Active
MRRV-4411 BRP Cape Engaño July 2018 23 August 2018 Active


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