Posted to DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jan 19): NAVY’S NEW SSV // Navy’s LD-601 sea trial experience
Camp Aguinaldo DWDD–Landing Dock BRP Tarlac (LD-601), Philippine Navy’s soon-to-be largest vessel, is now undergoing sea trials before its delivery on May. The LD-601 is the first of two Strategic Sealift Vessels (SSV) based on Makassar-class Landing Platform Dock (LPD).
The vessel was launched yesterday, January 18, at PT PAL in Surabaya, Indonesia that was attended by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Caesar Taccad.
Philippine ordered two SSV with PT PAL (Persero) for PHP3,870,000,000 that was sourced from AFP Modernization Fund.
On the other hand, the second vessel undergone the milestone ceremony called Keel Laying Ceremony which is expected to be delivered on May 2017.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said that the acquisition of the SSV is a very important milestone for the Navy; it will increase capacities for humanitarian assistance and disaster response during critical moments when our country’s being hit by increasingly growing storms.
LD-601 is an independent command-and control ship that can coordinate rescue, recovery, and retrieval efforts during calamities, as well as in delivering goods and relief items. The vessel can also be used as a floating hospital, in case many of our health centers and hospitals in provincial areas were affected by disasters and become unavailable.