MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Navy (PN) has allocated the sum of PHP27,365,752.42 for the machinery, electrical and other related repairs of the BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS-36) which is considered one of the most modern vessels in its fleet.
Winning bidders are required to complete the service within 100 calendar days.
Pre-bid conference is on Friday, 8 a.m. at the Office of the PN Bids and Awards Committee, Naval Station Jose Francisco, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, said PN BAC Secretariat head Cmdr. Pablo O. Fuentebella in a bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System.
The BRP Apolinario Mabini is considered one of the most modern ships in the PN. Her sister ships are the BRP Artemio Ricarte and BRP Emilio Jacinto.
All three ships are former Peacock class vessels of the Royal Navy acquired by the PN in 1997.
She is armed with the Oto Melara 76 mm Compact DP, the ships' primary weapon, has a range of up to 10 nautical miles (20 km) and can be used against ships, aircraft or off and on-shore ground targets.
It is remotely controlled from within the Combat Information Center by the gunnery officer and has no crew within the gun itself.
The gun can fire 80 rounds in 60 seconds without reloading its magazine. The ship has load capacity for up to 450 rounds.
BRP Apolinario Mabini has a maximum speed of 25 knots.