BRP Emilio Liwanag (PB-118)

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South Korea
Name: PKM-223[1]
Builder: Korea Tacoma
Launched: 1970s
Fate: transferred to Philippine Navy in 2006
Name: BRP Emilio Liwanag (PB-118)
Namesake: Capt. Emilio S. Liwanag, (PN). WWII, Korean War veteran and US Legion of Merit awardee
Operator: Philippine Navy
Acquired: 30 May 2006[2][3][4]
Commissioned: 15 April 2011[5]
Reclassified: April 2016, from PG-118 to PB-118
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Tomas Batilo class (Chamsuri Wildcat PKM class)
Type: Fast Attack Craft
Displacement: 148 tons full load[6]
Length: 121.4 ft (37 m)
Beam: 22.6 ft (7 m)
Draft: 5.6 ft (1.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Caterpillar 3516C diesel engines @ 6,300 hp, 2 shafts[4]
Speed: 31 knots (57 km/h) max[1]
Range: 600 nautical miles (1,100 km) at 20 knots
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 × Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat
Complement: 31
Sensors and
processing systems:
Koden Electronics MDC 1500 series navigation and surface search radar[4]

BRP Emilio Liwanag (PB-118) is a Tomas Batilo class fast attack craft of the Philippine Navy. It is part of the last batch of such craft transferred to the Philippines by the South Korean government in 2006. After 2 years of refurbishing, refitting and upgrade, the ship was commissioned into active service by the Philippine Navy on 15 April 2011,[4][5] although it was presented to the public as early as May 2010 during the 112th Anniversary of the Philippine Navy.[1]

It was upgraded under the Patrol Killer Medium-Republic of the Philippines (PKM-RP) Program of 2008 by Propmech Corporation; the upgrade included the reinforcement of its hull; replacing the engines, radar, navigation and communication systems; and changing the weapons fit-out to include a crane and space for rubber boats. The upgrades were completed in 2010.[4]

In April 2016, in line with the Philippine Navy Standard Operating Procedures #08, the boat was reclassified as the patrol boat BRP Emilio Liwanag (PB-118).

Technical details[edit]

The ship was originally powered by two MTU MD 16V 538 TB90 diesel engines with a total output of 6,000 horsepower.[6] The refurbishment works replaced the old engines with new Caterpillar 3516C diesel engines, with a total output of 6,300 horsepower.[4]

The ship is equipped with a Koden Electronics MDC 1500 Series navigation and surface search radar, which replaced the previously installed radar.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Patrol gunboat is latest addition to Navy's inventory". Philippine Navy Naval Public Affairs Office. 2011-01-03. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  2. ^ "PKM 200 Sea Dolphin (Wild Cat) class patrol boats". Jane's. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  3. ^ Naval Technology Chamsuri Class/Patrol Killer Medium Craft
  4. ^ a b c d e f g AFP Materiel Technical Specification Archives - PN Light Surface Warships Batillo (Sea Dolphin/PKM 200 'Chamsuri') class Small Patrol Craft (7)
  5. ^ a b "Philippine fleet celebrates 73rd anniversary, commission's two vessels and launches new IT based Command Center". Philippine Navy Naval Public Affairs Office. 2011-04-14. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  6. ^ a b Saunders, Stephen: Jane's Fighting Ships 107th Edition 2004-2005. Jane's Information Group Ltd, 2004.

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