One of two Strategic Sea-lift Vessel for the Philippines is on its way to completion. This type is an upcoming class of Landing Platform Docks based on the Indonesian Navy’s Makassar/Banjarmasin-class being built by Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL. Both are still unnamed, although the first of the class is temporarily named SSV no.1.
The 1st vessel SSV no.1 is set to launched in November 2015 and will be finished in July 2016. While the second unit SSV no.2 will start a few months after and will be delivered by the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2017.
Both ships would be the first of its kind with semi-stealth technology and to be operated by the Philippine Navy are meant to be used for amphibious operations and transport duties in support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, but will double as a support platform for Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Search & Rescue (SAR) operations.
Watch this video of Indonesian Navy Makassar class Landing Ship Dock (LPD). Similar to the Philippine Navy’s 2 new Strategic Sealift Vessel SSV being assembled now in Indonesia
Philippine Navy’s Strategic Sealift Vessels can act as the force’s floating command center while carrying out its main purpose as military sealift and transport vessel in events of disasters and calamities.
It will house a Presidential Room and a War Room to accommodate the Republic’s head and other high ranking military officials when need arises.
These sealift vessels will be carrying landing craft utility/mechanized, including the upcoming Amphibious Assault Vehicles, attack helicopters and each vessel can carry up to 500 troops plus a hundred vessel crew.
Check this Strategic Sea-lift Vessel image ongoing assembly taking shape.
|Class and type:||“Strategic Sealift Vessel” class|
|Type:||Landing Platform Dock|
|Displacement:||11,583 tons full load|
|Length:||125.00 m (404 ft)|
|Beam:||21.80 m (72 ft)|
|Draft:||6.00 m (20 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) arrangement:
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h) maximum|
|Range:||9,360 nautical miles (17,300 km)|
|Boats and landing
|Capacity:||500 troops and associated vehicles & equipment|
|Aircraft carried:||2 × medium (10-ton) naval helicopters|
The data and images used credited to Indonesia media and the wikipedia.org
By: Robert Beerlak