Philippine Navy’s two Strategic Sealift Vessels may act as floating command-and-control platforms and floating government centers during national emergencies. These vessels may take the roles of floating hospital or evacuation center when need arises, PN Flag-Oficer-in-Command Vice Admiral Jesus Millan tells government-run news agency.
Steel-cutting ceremony for the first unit of Makassar-class Landing Platform Dock which will act as PN’s SSV was held January 22 and is expected to be delivered May 2016. Second unit undergone the same ceremony last week and is expected to be delivered May 2017. These vessels are being built by PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) with contract price of PhP3.8 billion.
“The two SSVs will be a big boost to our transport capability once they will be phased-in/commissioned to our inventory,” Vice Admiral Millan said. “The SSVs will address our gaps on troop transport support for internal security and they could also improve our humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities as these vessels are multi-role platforms.”
EID, a Portuguese high tech industry with deep know-how and vast experience in the fields of electronics, communications and command & control, was contracted by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea and PT PAL to provide complete integrated communications system for PN’s two SSVs.
According to PT PAL, these PN vessels will be 123 meters long and 21.8 meters wide cable of carrying of up to 10,300 tons of load and can stay at seas for a month.
PT PAL added that each vessel can transport 4 tanks, 1 mobile hospital, two jeeps and 2 helicopters.