AP NEWCON Multi-Purpose Transport
One of the three big items on the Navy's 2017 wish list is the 2,500-ton multi-purpose transport. This vessel will replace the four personal transports already retired. It is designed to ferry troops to offshore islands, such as Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, and possibly islands in the South China Sea occupied by Taiwan. It has a conventional displacement monohull design.
Department of National Defense (DND) on 30 October 2015 opened bid documents for the acquisition of two brand new, multi-purpose transport vessels for the Navy worth P2 billion each, but only two of nine interested bidders showed up.
The multi-purpose transport contract design work was awarded in May 2016 to the Ship and Ocean Industries Research and Development Center. Completion of design was expected in mid-2017 with construction to begin in 2018. The multi-purpose transport will also be able to support special operations, mine-laying, training, medical missions, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.
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