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Tarlac-class Landing Platform Dock

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The Tarlac-class is a ship class of landing platform docks, based on the Indonesian Navy Makassar-class, that will be commissioned under the Philippine Navy. Two ships were ordered and constructed by the Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL (Persero). The lead ship was launched on January 17th, 2016 as BRP Tarlac. The class was initially called the "Strategic Sealift Vessel" before the class was formally named.

Construction of the first unit already started in January 2015 and was delivered in July 2016, while the second unit started a few months after and will be delivered by 2017 after going through sea trials. These ships would be the first of its kind to be operated by the Philippine Navy, and are meant to be used for amphibious operations and transport duties in support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, but will double as a support platform for Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Search & Rescue (SAR) operations.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Landing Platform Dock
  • Service Period: 2016-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 404 feet (123.14 meters)
    • Beam: 72 feet (21.95 meters)
    • Draft: 16 feet (4.88 meters)
    • Displacement: 7,400 tons (Standard); 11,583 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 121
  • Installed Power: 1 x MAN D 2842 LE301 diesel generator
  • Propulsion: 2 x MAN-STX 8L27/338 diesel engines, 7,830 bhp (5,840 kW)
  • Range: 9,360 nautical miles (17,335 kilometers)
  • Speed: 16 knots (29.63 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
  • Countermeasures:
  • Armament:
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x AgustaWestland AW109 Power helicopters
  • Boats Carried:
    • 2 x LCU or LCM at floodable well docks
    • 2 x RHIB or LCVP at boat davits
  • Capacity: 500 troops and associated vehicles & equipment

Unit Run[edit]

  • BRP Tarlac (LPD-601)
  • BRP Davao del Sur (LPD-602)
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