The next stop on our Philippine Navy Ship series is the former Peacock Class Corvettes or as the Philippine Navy calls it the Jacinto Class Corvettes.
The Peacock Class Corvettes (PCC) are Patrol Corvettes created by Hall, Russell and Company in the United Kingdom, the PCC’s were commissioned to the Royal Navy 6th Patrol Craft Squadron assigned in Hong Kong in the 80’s. Only 5 were built. These ships were built to work on tropical climates with high level of habitability inside. It is fully air-conditioned and is designed to handle typhoons common in the area. Its main mission in the Royal Navy was to provide British presence in the area. It could also fulfill the role of Seamanship, Navigation and Gunnery training as well as Search and Rescue duties. It also has a decompression chamber for divers. They carry Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBS) and a small detachment of Royal Marines on board . In 1988, two of these ships were sold to the Irish Naval Service. In 1997, when Hong Kong was ceded to China, the three remaining PCC’s were turned over to the Philippine Navy, and renamed the Jacinto Class Corvettes.
Originally, the PCC’s have a displacement of 712 tons fully loaded and is 62.6 meters in length with a beam of 10 meters. It is originally armed with one Oto Melara 76 mm gun, four 7.62 mm Machine Guns and two MK38 25mm Guns. After it was transferred to the Philippine Navy, the Philippine Navy upgraded its capabilities. It still retained its two APE-Crossley SEMT-Pielstick 18 PA6 V 280 Diesel engines producing 14, 188 BHP, which propels the ship to speeds of up to 25 knots with a range of 2,500 nautical miles in an economical speed of 17 knots. It also has one Schottel S103 LSVEST drop-down, shrouded loiter retractable propeller, 181 shp (135 kW). Its sensors and processing systems include a Sperry Marine Naval BridgeMaster E Series Surface Search Radar, Kelvin Hughes Type 1006 Navigation Radar, Ultra Electronics Command and Control System and a Radamec 1500 Electro-Optical Tracking/Fire Control System. The Radamec 1500 Electro-Optical Tracking/Fire Control System and the Ultra Electronics Command and Control System controls the 76mm Oto Melara Compact DP Gun which is also integrated with the M242 25mm Bushmaster on an MSI Defense System mount aft. The original 7.62 mm Machine Guns were replaced with two .50 caliber Machine Guns and two 20mm Oerlikon Guns.
PEACOCK CLASS CORVETTES OF THE PHILIPPINE NAVY
There are three PCC’s in service with the Philippine Navy. Namely the HMS Peacock (P239) now named the BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS35), the HMS Plover (P240) now named the BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS36), the HMS Starling (P241) now named the BRP Artemio Ricarte (PS37). Brief history of the three ships follows.
BRP EMILIO JACINTO (PS35)
The lead ship of the Jacinto Class Corvettes, she was the former lead ship of the Peacock Class Corvettes known as HMS Peacock (P239). BRP Emilio Jacinto joined the 2004 CARAT Exercises as well as the 2005 CARAT Exercises. She also joined the MALPHI LAUT 2005.
BRP APOLINARIO MABINI (PS36)
The second ship of the Peacock Class Corvettes known as HMS Plover (P240) she is now called the BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS36). She has no record whatsoever of any Naval Exercises or Engagements up to date.
BRP ARTEMIO RICARTE (PS37)
The third ship of the Peacock Class Corvettes known as HMS Starling (P241) she is now known as BRP Artemio Ricarte (PS37). She joined the CARAT 2004 and 2008 Exercises, the MALPHI LAUT 2007, and the RP – US Balikatan Exercises 2008 and 2009 Sea Exercise Phase.
These ships are known as the most modern ships of the Philippine Navy.