BRP Tagbanua (AT-296)
|Namesake:||Tagbanua tribe is one of the oldest tribes in the Philippines.|
|Builder:||Philippine Iron Construction and Marine Works, Engine: Propmech|
|Cost:||PhP 178,900,000.00 (USD 4.2 million)|
|Launched:||28 September 2011|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Victoria Elisa "Viel" Aquino-Dee|
|Commissioned:||14 December 2011|
|Maiden voyage:||10 November 2011|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2018[update]|
|Type:||Landing Craft Utility|
|Displacement:||579 tonnes (570 long tons)|
|Length:||51.43 m (168 ft 9 in)|
|Beam:||10.0 m (32 ft 10 in)|
|Draft:||1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)|
|Depth:||2.44 m (8 ft 0 in)|
|Propulsion:||Caterpillar CAT C32 ACERT Diesel Marine Engine|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h) maximum, 12 knots (22 km/h) cruising speed|
|Capacity:||110 tons cargo @ 250sqm space, 200 passengers|
|Sperry Marine Visionmaster FT navigation radar|
|Armament:||6 × 50-cal 12.7 mm machine guns|
The BRP Tagbanua (AT-296) is a landing craft utility of the Philippine Navy. She was named after the Tagbanua tribe mainly residing in Palawan island. She is the largest Philippine-made naval vessel launched to date.
Construction, Trials and Commissioning
The LCU Acquisition Project was part of the 2002 Revised Reprioritized Project List with an approved budget of PhP 189 million.
The contract was awarded on 16 March 2010 to Propmech Corporation, which jointly constructed the ship with Philippine Iron Construction and Marine Works (PICMW). Propmech was responsible for the engine and propulsion system, and PICMW Inc. for the hull and ship’s fixtures. Fabrication and construction was done at PICMW's shipyard at Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. The ship was launched on 28 September 2011, and her maiden voyage and sea trial was done on 10–11 November 2011 with from Jasaan, Misamis Oriental to the Navotas port in Manila.
She was commissioned together with other naval assets on a ceremony in Manila on 14 December 2011.
On 24 February 2013, the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines said the ship sailed from Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, to the village of Tanduo in Lahad Datu, where the followers of the Sultan of Sulu have been hold up for weeks in their abortive attempt to reclaim Sabah.
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