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State ship builder PT PAL sends second warship ordered by Philippines

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 2, 2017   /   12:26 pm
State ship builder PT PAL sends second warship ordered by Philippines Dozens of guests observe strategic sealift vessel BRP TARLAC at Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya on May 8. It was the debut of the warship ordered by the Philippine defense ministry. (Antara/Zabur Karuru)

State –owned ship builder PAL Indonesia sent on Tuesday a second warship from Surabaya to Manila that had been ordered by the Philippine government. The first ship was sent in May last year.

PAL Indonesia spokesman Bayu Witjaksono said the ship was initially to depart in mid-April.

Bayu, however, said the delivery of the warship was ahead of its deadline in June.

The ship is equipped with a sophisticated weaponry system and helipads for three helicopters and a hangar. It is also equipped with landing craft utility and can transport various war equipment, such as military trucks and amphibious assault vehicles.

(Read also: Philippine official praises Indonesian-made warship)

The second ship ordered by the Philippine government can also function as a hospital, Bayu added as reported by kompas.com.

The warship is named Davao Del Sur, the home province of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, while the first ship -- Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV) Davao Del Sur-602 – was named Tarlac, the home province of former Philippine president Benigno Simeon Aquino. (bbn)