MANILA,-- The Philippine Navy (PN)'s second strategic sealift vessel (SSV) is more than 60 percent complete.
"Second SSV completion is more than 60 percent . Ten PN crew are supervising (the works)," PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said in a message to the PNA Wednesday.
Steel-cutting for the second SSV formally took place on June 6, 2015 at PT PAL (Persero)'s Surabaya shipyard.
The second SSV is scheduled for delivery in May 2017.
The country's first SSV, the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), was delivered to the PN last May 14, and commissioned on June 1.
The Philippines has a two SSV order with the Indonesian shipbuilder worth PHP3.8 billion.
BRP Tarlac was assigned to the Philippine Fleet's Sealift Amphibious Force.
The SSV has an overall length of 120 meters, breadth of 21 meters, draft of five meters and carry a payload of 2,800 tons.
She has a cruising speed of 13 knots and maximum speed of 16 knots and a minimum operating range of 7,500 nautical miles.
Her sister-ship is expected to be delivered by May 2017. The ship has a complement of 121 officers and enlisted personnel.
She can carry 500 troops, two rigid-hull inflatable boats, two landing craft units and three helicopters.
The Philippine Navy second strategic sealift vessel (SSV) at PT PAL Shipyard.