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Tarlac class

Landing platform dock

Tarlac class ship

By 2020 two Tarlac class landing ships were built in Indonesia for the Philippine Navy

 
 
Country of origin Indonesia
Entered service 2016
Crew 121 - 160
Sea endurance 30 days
Dimensions and displacement
Length 123 m
Beam 22 m
Draught 6 m
Displacement, standard 7 300 tons
Displacement, full load 11 394 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 16 knots
Range up to 10 000 nautical miles
Propulsion CODAD with 2 x MAN B&W 8L28/32A diesels rated at 2 666 hp, delivering power to 2 shafts
Cargo
Troops 500 marines
Vehicles up to 35 infantry vehicles
Landing craft
Landing craft 2 x LCUs
Airwing
Helicopters 1 - 3 medium helicopters
Armament
Artillery provision for a 76 mm dual-purpose gun, provision for two 25 mm secondary naval guns

 

   The Tarlac Class is a class of Landing Platform Docks (LPDs) which entered service with the Philippine Navy in 2016. The ships were acquired through Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV) acquisition project in 2013. The project originally called for acquisition of 4 SSVs by 2020. However, the Philippines’ Department of National Defense (DND) later awarded PT PAL from Indonesia as the lone eligible bidder to build 2 SSVs. The DND revealed that other shipyards bought the bid document, but didn’t pursue much interest in the project.

   Tarlac class LPDs were built in PT PAL Shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia. These ships are Strategic Sealift Vessel variant based on Makassar class LPDs, which in turn is a low-cost South Korean LPD design. Both ships built for the Philippines are 123 m in length, with overall size and capacity similar to early versions of Makassar class and are capable of both military and humanitarian missions. The difference is that the SSV variants employ more advanced sensors and communication systems compared to earliest Makassar class ships in service with Indonesian Navy. Currently, the Tarlac class vessels are the biggest vessels in service with the Philippine Navy.

   Defensive armaments of this class originally include main gun, heavy machine guns, and secondary/anti-air guns. The ships have provision for a 76 mm gun each. As for secondary armament, the SSVs were planned to have two 25 mm naval guns, one each on port and starboard side. However, by 2019, both ships were only armed with six 12.7 mm (.50 caliber) heavy machine guns. These LPDs’ armaments are rather minimal to act as a mission ship. Electronic warfare equipment is also planned for the ships, although the actual implementation date is still unclear.

   Philippine Navy operates 2 vessels of this class (BRP Tarlac and BRP Davao del Sur). These ships were originally called SSV-1 and SSV-2 respectively, before the government officially named them Tarlac class, after the name of the Philippine province of Tarlac. BRP Davao del Sur was also named after a province in the Philippines. The lead ship, BRP Tarlac, participated in the 2016’s siege of Marawi against Abu Sayyaf’s forces in southern Philippines. During the period of siege, the ship supported AW109 helicopters which conducted air strikes. However, later during the mission in September 2016, the ship collided with a Liberian tanker and suffered damage to the bow.

   As of 2020, another acquisition project for two more SSVs is still ongoing. Multiple ship builders are participating in this project, including PT PAL, which for one more time offers the Tarlac class for the Philippine Navy following the success of the previous 2 SSVs.

 

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
BRP Tarlac (601) 2015 2016 2016

active, in service

BRP Davao del Sur (602) 2015 2016 2017

active, in service

 

Anindya Galih Wibisono

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