BRP Tarlac to be assigned to Sealift Amphibious

BRP Tarlac to be assigned to Sealift Amphibious

MANILA, Philippines — The newly-arrived BRP Tarlac (LD-601) will be assigned to the Philippine Fleet’s Sealift Amphibious Force.

This was disclosed by Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado Monday as the country’s first strategic sealift vessel (SSV) was formally welcomed at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor Monday afternoon.

The BRP Tarlac was one of two SSVs acquired from PT PAL (Persero) for the sum of Php3.8 billion.

Mercado said the Filipino SSV was patterned after the Indonesian Makassar-class landing platform dock.

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.

BRP Tarlac has a tonnage of 7,300 tons, 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.

The ship has minimum operating range of 7,500 nautical miles. Priam Nepomuceno/PNA/