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PG Emilio Aguinaldo Class

The PG Emilio Aguinaldo class is related to the Kagitingan class and uses a superstructure inspired, if not identical to those found on vessels of that class. The Emilio Aguinaldo class ships had hulls that were built in Japan to larger dimensions than the those of the Kagitingan class, with the superstructures installed in the Philippines at the Philippine Navy's Cavite Shipyard.

The final product had a displacement of 215 tons and a top speed of 18 knots. Its main armament was 2 40mm Bofors cannon, in single mounts, one at the bow and one at the stern. These weapons were complimented by 2 20mm cannons and 4 .50 caliber machine guns at various positions amidships. The expanded hull versus the Kagitingan/Katapangan class was rumored to be for an anti-ship missile system, but as of 2009 no such system had been acquired or fitted. Plans also existed for the fitting a single 76mm OTO-Melara rapid fire gun forward in place of the forward Bofors cannon. This gun was already in service by the late 1990s as part of the standard armament of the Philippine Navy's Emilio Jancinto class vessels.

The BRP Emilio Aguinaldo (PG-140) was laid down in 1984 and completed before the overthrow of President Ferdinand Marcos. The transition from the Marcos regime meant that the ship was not officially commissioned until 1992. Its sister ship, BRP Antonio Luna (PG-141) was also launched around the same time. A lack of funding prevented her commissioning until 1994.

Initial plans had called for a total of 6 ships in the class, but as of 2009 only PG-140 and PG-141 had been commissioned. A third unnamed boat (PG-142) was laid down in 1994 and launched in 2000 at Cavite Shipyard, but was not completed and the project was canceled. The overloaded and underpowered nature of the design was reportedly a factor. As of 2009 the last ship produced at Cavite Shipyard was the BRP Antonio Luna.




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