BRP Simeon Castro (PG-374)
|Namesake:||Simeon Castro was an officer of the Offshore Patrol.|
|Builder:||Trinity-Equitable Shipyards, New Orleans, USA|
|Acquired:||26 April 1991|
|Commissioned:||24 June 1991|
|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 Simeon Castro (PG-374) is the fourth ship of the Jose Andrada class coastal patrol boats of the Philippine Navy. It is part of the first batch of its class ordered through US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) in 1989, and was commissioned with the Philippine Navy on 24 June 1991. It was initially designated as Fast Patrol Craft, and was numbered "DF-374", but later on was re-designated as a Patrol Gunboat, and was finally re-numbered as "PG-374".
Notable Operations / Exercises
Simeon Castro conducted relief operations sorties to economically displaced families of Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay starting 11 January 2011 as part of the local government of Albay's "Food for Work" program.
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 only 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.
As part of the first batch (PG-370 to PG-378), it is not equipped with Mk.38 Mod.0 Bushmaster 25mm chain gun.[N 2] It was planned to install either a stabilized or unstabilized M242 25 mm Bushmaster chain gun on her bow after some minor modifications, but as of to date has not materialized.
A 4-meter rigid inflatable boat powered by a 40-hp outboard motor is stowed amidships.
- All sources refer to the same engine, although with different horsepower rating. But official specs from manufacturer indicates a 1,400 hp rating for each engine. 
- Sources vary on weapons mount of this ship, with most indicating the presence of a Bushmaster 25mm chain gun on a Mk.38 mount. Recent photos  does not show said weapon or mount, so are other ships from the first batch (PG-370 to PG-378)
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- Saunders, Stephen: Jane's Fighting Ships 107th Edition 2004-2005. Jane's Information Group Ltd, 2004.
- "Navy Relief Operations benefitted economically displaced island communities in Albay, Legazpi City". Philippine Navy Naval Public Affairs Office. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
- "Navy responds to a seacraft in distress saves 58 passengers on board". Philippine Navy Naval Public Affairs Office. 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
- AFP Materiel Technical Specification Archives - PN Light Surface Warships Andrada (Halter 78) class Coastal Patrol Craft (24)