The SSV is based on the Indonesian Navy's improved Makassar class Landing Ship Dock (LPD) and was built by PT PAL in Indonesia from a design by Daesun Shipbuilding & Engineering of South Korea.
Based on technical specifications for the Philippine Navy version of this design have been made public, this variant of the class has expanded spaces for command and control systems, which allows it to function as a flagship, and incorporates semi-stealth technology. It has a displacement of 7,3000 tons, and is 120 meters long, which is twenty-two meters longer than the previous Philippine Navy record holder: the 103-meter supply ship BRP Mactan. The ship has maximum speed of 16 knots, with a cruising speed of 13 knots. Based on insights gleaned from its Indonesian sisterships it has a range of 10,000 miles, and can remain at sea for 30 days. It is equipped with a bow thruster for, among other things, autonomous in-port maneuverability.
This article chronicles the progress of construction. The data assembled below largely comes from open-sources and is thanks in no small part to Indonesian Timawans who monitor Indonesian news reports and share them with the Timawa community. Supplemental data was gleaned from the international press.
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|January 19, 2016. After the PT PAL spillway had completely flooded, the BRP Tarlac was floated out and brought along side an adjacent pier where work continued on its internal spaces. Photograph c/o Gombaljaya on the Timawa FB extension.|
|January 18, 2016. Launching ceremony for SSV-1, now christened "BRP Tarlac (LD-601)". Photographs c/o the Philippine Navy and ship details c/o PNA article||https://www.youtube.com/embed/PpINr7wl2rU|
|January 17, 2016. Sporting buntings for the launching ceremony|
|January 16, 2016. More hull details Photo shared on Timawa FB honeypot by Alberth Minas and the main Timawa forum by Tonnyc@TMW.|
|January 15, 2016. Hull number revealed: "601" Photo shared on Timawa FB honeypot by Alberth Minas|
|January 12, 2016. Painting in progress. Photo c/o Alberth Minas on Timawa FB honeypot.|
|November 27, 2015. View of the well deck, helideck, and entrance to the hangar. While the photograph was shared on the Timawa FB extension on the 27th, the contributor, Alberth Minas reported that the photograph had been taken two weeks prior.|