PH Coast Guard to receive its biggest ships from Japan

PH Coast Guard to receive its biggest ships from Japan

Time and time again Japan has answered the call of the Philippines in terms of modernizing the capabilities of its own Coast Guard.

The Philippine Coast Guard will be receiving two of its biggest ship yet after years of waiting, a contract has just been signed between the Philippines and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd (Mitsubishi)

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral Joel Garcia said the contract will deliver two 94-meter multi-role response vessels by 2022, is a landmark achievement for the development of the country’s maritime security and safety.
Japan Coast Guard's Kunigami class would be the platform that would be used for the PCG 2 94 meter multi role vessel
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“We are making a milestone, not just for the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and (PCG), but also for the Philippines – acquiring the first-ever biggest ships for the Coast Guard,” Garcia said.
Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the “breakthrough” in the country’s modernization of maritime protection and border patrol was made through a partnership with the government of Japan.
“The modernization of the PCG has been going fast and quick and very meaningful. In fact, in this effort to make it quick, fast, and very meaningful, the government of Japan has contributed very much,” Tugade said.

Yoshio Wada, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) chief representative said the robust and healthy partnership between the two countries, especially in the maritime sector, is seen as crucial for boosting economic trade.
“Through the time, JICA partnering with PCG is a testament to the strong friendship between our two nations: Japan and the Philippines – both maritime nations where seaborne trade plays a crucial role in our economic growth,” Wada said.
The DOTr said in a statement the ships, capable of maximum speeds reaching upwards of 24 knots and an endurance of more than 4,000 nautical miles, would increase the PCG’s capability to respond to maritime incidents in the edges of the country’s exclusive economic zone.
These incidents include search and rescue operations, maritime security operations, and marine environmental protection, it added.

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