BRP Rafael Pargas (PG-379)
|Name:||BRP Rafael Pargas (PG-379)|
|Builder:||Trinity-Equitable Shipyards, New Orleans, USA|
|Acquired:||1 February 1995|
|Commissioned:||1 June 1995|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2018[update]|
|Class & type:||Jose Andrada class|
|Type:||Coastal Patrol Craft|
|Displacement:||56.4 tons full load |
|Length:||78 ft (24 m)|
|Beam:||20 ft (6.1 m)|
|Draft:||5.8 ft (1.8 m)|
|Speed:||28 knots (52 km/h) maximum|
|Range:||1,200 nmi (2,200 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Boats & landing
|4-meter rigid inflatable boat at aft|
|Raytheon AN/SPS-64(V)11 Navigation / Surface Search Radar|
The BRP Rafael Pargas (PG-379) is the ninth ship of the Jose Andrada class coastal patrol boats of the Philippine Navy. It is part of the second batch of its class ordered through US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) in 1993, and was commissioned with the Philippine Navy on 1 June 1995. It was initially designated as Fast Patrol Craft, and was numbered "DF-379", but later on was re-designated as a Patrol Gunboat, and was finally re-numbered as "PG-379".
The ship was built to US Coast Guard standards with aluminum hull and superstructure. She is powered by two Detroit Diesel 16V-92TA Diesel Engines with a combined power of around 2,800 hp driving two propellers for a maximum speed of 28 knots (52 km/h). Maximum range is 1,200 nmi (2,200 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h), or alternatively 600 nmi (1,100 km) at 24 knots (44 km/h).
The ship originally designed to carry one bow Mk.3 40 mm gun, one 81 mm mortar aft, and four 12.7 mm/50 caliber machine guns. Instead, she is armed with one 25mm Bushmaster chain gun on Mk.38 Mod.0 mount, four M2HB Browning 12.7 mm/50 caliber machine guns on Mk.26 mounts, with two positioned forward and two aft; and two M60 7.62 mm/30 caliber machine guns, both mounted amidships. The ship can carry 4,000 rounds of 12.7 mm and 2,000 rounds of 7.62 mm A large "Big Eyes" binocular is also carried on tripod mounts, one on the forecastle and one just above the mast.
She is equipped with a Raytheon AN/SPS-64(V)11 surface search and navigation radar but with a smaller antenna as those used in bigger Philippine Navy ships. Like all other Philippine Navy ship, she was installed with the Philippine Navy Vessel Tracking System (VTS) by the Naval Sea Systems Command.
A 4-meter rigid inflatable boat powered by a 40-hp outboard motor is stowed amidships.
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