Vessel launching is the process of transferring a newly built vessel to the water. This also marks the beginning of testing phase at sea.
Construction of the said vessels started in January 2016. These will be first in their class built in the Philippines. Each vessel costs PhP 178.5 Million.
BFAR said the design was created by Incat Crowther, a reputable ship designer based in the United States. The vessels were built at Josefa Slipways, a medium category local shipyard in Navotas City.
“A 50m multi-mission monohull patrol vessel for illegal fishing with the flexibility to lead in disaster relief and/or rescue operations, as well as to serve as a platform for research,” Designer Incat Crowther said.