Philippine Navy sent a number of prospective crews to Indonesia to monitor the building of its first strategic sealift vessel. PT PAL has started the construction of one Makassar-class Landing Platform Dock in Surabaya, Indonesia on January 22, 2015. Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus C. Millan attended the ceremonial first steel cutting on the said date.
“Some of them are already at the shipyard facility in Surabaya, Indonesia, monitoring the construction works [to assure the ship is being built according to PN specifications],” PN public affairs office chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna said as reported by state media. “They will be the ones who will be sailing her home.”
This unit is scheduled to be delivered on the second quarter of 2016. PN’s SSV can act as floating command center, military sealift and transport vessel and respond during disasters and calamities. Second unit is scheduled to be delivered within the second quarter of 2017.