Tomas Batilo-class patrol craft

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BRP Salvador Abcede (PG-114) 20120708.jpg
BRP Salvador Abcede, a Tomas Batilo-class patrol craft
Class overview
Name: Tomas Batilo class
Builders: Korea Tacoma Shipyard, Chinhae, South Korea
Operators:  Philippine Navy
In service: 1996 - present
Active: 4
Lost: 2
General characteristics
Type: Fast attack craft
Displacement: 148 tons full load[1][2]
Length: 121.4 ft (37 m)
Beam: 22.6 ft (7 m)
Draft: 5.6 ft (1.7 m)
Installed power: 5,800 hp (4,300 kW)
Propulsion: 2 × Caterpillar 3516C diesel engines at 6,300 hp (4,700 kW), 2 shafts (for PG-111,114,116-118[3] or 2 MTU MD 16V 538 TB90 diesel engines at 6,000 hp (4,500 kW) (for PG-110, 112, 115).[1]
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h) max
Range: 600 nautical miles (1,100 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)
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[3]
  • For upgraded ships:
    • 1 × Bofors 40 mm Mk3 Mod 0 naval gun forward
    • 2 × Oerlikon 20 mm guns midships
    • 4 × .50-caliber machine guns
  • For non-upgraded ships:
    • 1 × twin 30-mm 75-caliber Emerlec EX-30 guns / 1 × 20 mm Vulcan Gatling gun
    • 1 × Bofors 40 mm Mk 3 Mod 0 naval gun
    • 2 × Oerlikon 20 mm guns midships
    • 4 × .50-caliber machine guns
Armour: Upgraded boats have armored windshields

The Tomas Batilo class is a ship class of eight patrol boats currently in service of the Philippine Navy. These ships were formerly used by the South Korean Navy as Chamsuri/Wildcat (PKM-200 series) class fast attack crafts. Only four ships are still in active service, with two units lost in separate incidents while the rest were scrapped for spare parts.


Formerly Chamsuri - Wildcat class fast attack craft of the South Korean Navy built in the 1970s, with Korean designation as Patrol Killer Medium (PKM). South Korea transferred the former ROKN ships to the Philippine government, with the first batch of five units namely the former PKM-225, 226, 229, 231, and 235 which were handed-over on 15 June 1995, and arrived in Manila in August 1995.[4][5] This batch became the following ships: BRP Tomas Batillo (PG-110) ex-PKM 225; BRP Boni Serrano (PG-111) ex-PKM 226; BRP Bienvenido Salting (PG-112) ex-PKM 229; BRP Salvador Abcede (PG-114) ex-PKM 231; and BRP Ramon Aguirre (PG-115) ex-PKM 235. Except for PG-115 which was used as spares after being written-off during a delivery accident, all where commissioned to the Philippine Navy on 22 May 1996.[4]

Another PKM was delivered to the Philippine Navy in 1998[6] and was originally for spares, but this was activated by the Philippine Navy on 2 July 1998 which became BRP Nicolas Mahusay (PG-116).[4]

The South Korean government granted a request by the Philippines to transfer another two units in 2004, and PKM 223 and PKM 232 was handed-over to the Philippine government in 2005, and was transferred from Chinhae Naval Base in Busan, South Korea, to Manila, Philippines, arriving on 30 May 2006.[3] ex-PKM 232 was commissioned as BRP Dionisio Ojeda (PG-117) in 2007, while PKM 223 was commissioned as BRP Emilio Liwanag (PG-118) on 15 April 2008.[7]

Ships in class[edit]

Pennant number Ship name Acquired Commissioned Service Status
PG-110 BRP Tomas Batilo 15 June 1995 22 May 1996 Philippine Navy Patrol Force Sunk by typhoon in 2003, raised in 2009, sold for scrap[8]
PB-111 BRP Boni Serrano 15 June 1995 22 May 1996 Philippine Navy Littoral Combat Force Active, upgraded 2006-2008
PG-112 BRP Bienvenido Salting 15 June 1995 22 May 1996 Philippine Navy Littoral Combat Force Decommissioned 31 October 2018
PB-114 BRP Salvador Abcede 15 June 1995 22 May 1996 Philippine Navy Littoral Combat Force Active, upgraded 2009-2010
PG-115 BRP Ramon Aguirre 15 June 1995 not commissioned Philippine Navy Patrol Force Accidentally damaged beyond economic repair during deliveries in 1995. Became parts hulk for sister ships.
PB-116 BRP Nicolas Mahusay 1998 2 July 1998 Philippine Navy Littoral Combat Force Active, upgraded 2006-2008. Originally for parts hulk, but was activated due to need for more active ships.[6]
PG-117 BRP Dionisio Ojeda 30 May 2006 2007 Philippine Navy Littoral Combat Force Sunk on Nov. 21, 2018 as a target by the Philippine Navy's MPAC weapon system as part of the Navy's weapon demonstration of SPIKE ER.[9]
PB-118 BRP Emilio Liwanag 30 May 2006 15 April 2011 Philippine Navy Littoral Combat Force Active, upgraded prior to commissioning



  1. ^ a b Saunders, Stephen (2004). Jane's Fighting Ships 2004-2005 (107th ed.). Jane's Information Group Ltd.
  2. ^ Wertheim, Eric (2007). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World (15th ed.). Naval Institute Press. pp. 552–53.
  3. ^ a b c AFP Materiel Technical Specification Archives - PN Light Surface Warships Batilo (Sea Dolphin/PKM 200 'Chamsuri') class Small Patrol Craft (7)
  4. ^ a b c "PG Tomas Batillo Class". Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Chamsuri Class/Patrol Killer Medium Craft". Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b "PKM 200 Sea Dolphin (Wild Cat) class patrol boats". Jane's. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ Sealift MSC August 2009 Safeguard salvages Filipino patrol boat
  9. ^ Navy test-fires Israeli missile, Dempsey Reyes, The Manila Times, November 22, 2018.

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