Jacinto Class Corvettes
(ex-RN Peacock Class)
Friday May 26, 2006
The ships are characterized by a low freeboard,
76mm Oto-Melara gun turret forward, large funnel amidships and a crane and Rigid
Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) aft.
The Oto Melara 76mm Compact DP can send shells up
to a range of 10 nautical miles and can be used against ships, aircraft or
ground targets. It is remotely controlled from the Combat Information
Center and has no crew within the gun itself. The gun can fire 80 rounds
in 60 seconds without reloading it’s magazine. This ship has space for up
to 450 rounds.
In addition to the 76mm gun, these ships also
carry two machine guns (two 7.62mm) and one 20mm Oerlikon.
They are diesel powered and have two APE-Crossley
SEMT-Pielstick diesels (14,188 bhp combined) driving two three bladed props.
There is also a drop down loiter engine with a shrouded prop of 181 bhp used to
keep station and save fuel. The main engines can propel the 664 ton (712
tons full load) ship at over 28 knots. 25 knots sustained. Range is 2,500
nautical miles at 17 knots.
The ships were specifically designed for Asian
service. As such, they have air-conditioned crew spaces and have been
designed to stay at sea during typhoons. However, the ships were modified
soon after entering Royal Navy service with deeper bilge keels to alleviate a
propensity to roll during moderate and heavy seas.
The most modern combatants in the Philippine Navy.
The three ships of this class originally formed the Hongkong Squadron of the
Royal Navy. The ships were built by Hall Russell in the UK and were commissioned into Royal Navy service in 1983
and 1984. They were built specifically for service in Hongkong. They were sold to the
Philippines and turned over to the Navy on August 1st 1997 when Hongkong was
ceded back to China.
Phase I of a III stage modernization program for the three ships
has been completed by the beginning of 2006. QinetiQ was the program manager for the Philippine
Phase I involved armament and electronics
upgrades, Phase II is the propulsion upgrade, Phase III is through life support
for the program. Phase I was approved in Nov 2003 and was officially
completed in 2006.
Phase II and III are currently under negotiation.
Phase I commenced with the first ship is going
into drydock at the Keppel SY in Batangas. The first ship, PS35 BRP Emilio
Jacinto entered drydock in November 2004 and will complete Phase I modernization
by April 2005. The second ship is slated to enter the Phase I program on
February 2005 and finish in October 2005. The third and last ship
entered the program in March 2005 and was completed by November 2005.
The Phase I modernization involved:
1. Installation of a new Electro-Optical
Tracking/Fire Control System manufactured by Radamec (Radamec 1500) and its
integration with existing main gun and new 25mm gun. The new fire control
system is meant to provide fire control solutions for both guns and provide a
day/night/all weather engagement capability.
Radamec 1500 System was also selected by the
Irish Naval Service to
upgrade their ex-Royal Navy Peacocks class patrol ships. It also
equips the new Irish OPS LE Roisin.
2. Installation of a new 25mm gun mount
manufactured by MSI Defense Systems and its integration with the new fire
3. Complete refurbishment of 76mm gun to bring it
to full capability.
4. Installation and integration of new
navigation systems – new Gyro Compass manufactured by Raytheon, Radar by Sperry
Marine (Sperry Marine Bridge Master E Series radar), installation of new GPS
system, Anemometer and EM log.
Subcontractors for Phase I are MSI Defense
Systems Limited – 25mm gun mount and integration with new fire control, Ultra
Electronics – electrical power systems, Sperry Marine – Radar, Raytheon – Fire
Control and Navigation and Oto Melara – Main gun.
The Phase II, also called the JCPV Marine
Engineering Upgrade Project was awarded to FF Cruz and Company Inc. The
contract encompasses the repair and remediation of the hull, overhaul and
improvement of the Main Propulsion including control and monitoring systems,
electrical plant, auxiliary systems, outfitting and hull furnishings and
training the navy crew in the operation and maintenance of the new plant.
On another note, the PN has been working with
local shipping companies to improve the maintenance capabilities of its Jacinto
crews by temporarily posting crewmen on them
BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35)
Dec 01, 1982
Ex RN Peacock. Lead
BRP Apolinario Mabini
April 12, 1983
BRP Artemio Ricarte (PS37)
September 7, 1983
"BRP" = "Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas" =
"Republic of the Philippines Ship"