Mitsubishi Shipbuilding has signed an agreement with the Republic of Philippines today to construct two multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) for its Navy which will be built at Shimonoseki Shipyard in Japan for delivery in 2022.
Both vessels will be equipped with secured communication systems for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, helideck and a hangar for helicopter operations, an underwater remotely operated vehicle for subsurface search and survey, and high-speed rubber boats.
The MRRVs have a length overall of approximately 94 meters. They also have a maximum speed of not less than 24 knots, and an endurance of not less than 4,000 nautical miles. They will contribute significantly to enhancing speed of response to maritime accidents or crimes on the high seas.
The newly agreed MRRVs will be provided as a project financed by the Japanese government. The program corresponds to Phase II of the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project concluded between the Republic of the Philippines and the Japanese government in October 2016. The project terms call for application of Japanese technology, notably the country's prowess in shipbuilding.