“The SSV (strategic sealift vessel) is on schedule and completion for the first copy is in May 2016 while the second one is slated for May 2017,” Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus C. Millan told the government news agency. Indonesian PT PAL (Persero) is currently constructing the first Makassar-class Landing Platform Dock ordered by Philippine government.
Once delivered, the Makassar vessels will be utilized as Navy’s SSV carrying out roles of a floating command center, military transport vessel, and respond during disasters and calamities.
These sealift vessels are capable of housing landing craft utility/mechanized, Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) and attack helicopters. Each vessel can carry up to 500 troops plus a hundred vessel crew.