Japan, PHL coast guards hold joint vessel towing exercise

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), together with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), conducted a vessel towing exercise in the vicinity waters off Manila today, 21 January 2020.

PCG photo

This joint maritime exercise between PCG and JCG is in line with the JICA Technical Cooperation Project intended for the capability enhancement of PCG on vessel operations, maintenance planning, and maritime law enforcement.

The drill scenarios were as follows: PCG Command Center has received a distress report that BRP Kalanggaman (FPB 2404) encountered an engine trouble, making it dead on water.

Subsequently, PCG District in National Capital Region – Central Luzon has directed BRP Malabrigo (MRRV 4402) to render necessary assistance.

Another scenario involved PB 151, a 15-meter surveillance boat, that also encountered engine trouble. BRP Kalanggaman (FPB 2404) was deployed to conduct towing operations where PB 151 was brought to Pier 13 South Harbor, Manila for repair.

Both towing missions were successfully accomplished.

The said activity is part of the five-day practical training course on towing and firefighting for the crew members of BRP Malabrigo (MRRV 4402), BRP Kalanggaman (FPB 2404), and PB 151 from 20 to 24 January 2020. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD