Philippine Navy’s Makassar-class vessels construction update

“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.