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PHL Coast Guard's two new ships have bulletproof parts, night vision cameras


The Philippine Coast Guard on Thursday commissioned two more Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRV) to be utilized during calamities and other maritime operations.

According to a report by Super Radyo DzBB's Mark Makalalad on Balitanghali, MRRV 4410 or BRP Bagacay and MMRV 4411 or BRP Cape Engano, both acquired from Japan, are capable of being used in various missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue operations, and medical evacuation.

Features of the PCG's new floating assets include a bulletproof navigational bridge, fireproof navigational bridge, fire monitors, night vision cameras, radio direction finders and work boats.

At the commissioning ceremony, Marine Administrator Rey Leonardo Guerrero said the new MRRVs can come in when a disaster is at an extent beyond the capability of the Coast Guard's vessels.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, who led the ceremony with Guerrero, said the MRRVs were acquired under the Department of Transportation's (DOTr) Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project.

BRP Bagacay arrived to the Philippines on May 31 while BRP Cape Engano arrived on August 20.

They are the last of 10 MRRVs under the agreement to arrive in the country. —Margaret Claire Layug/KBK, GMA News