Japan, Philippines hold combined exercise

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Japan Coast Guard (JCG), and Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) conducted a multilateral combined exercise on November 25 1 nautical mile north of Sangley Point, Cavite City.

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According to PCG, its Multi-Role Response Vessel BRP Suluan (MRRV 4406), fast patrol boat BRP Panglao (FPB 2402), two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), JCG patrol vessel “Echigo” (PLH08) with its onboard Sikorsky S76D (JA916A) serve as responding units, while BRP Boracay (FPB 2401) acted as the victim vessel.

“As part of the exercise, PCG and JCG vessels undertook three drills such as counter-piracy exercise (Information Sharing, Searching, Chasing and Capturing and Suppressing Exercises), firefighting exercise with rescuing exercise and water spray exercise and farewell exercise,” PCG said.

“Captain Rolando Lizor N Punzalan Jr PCG, Acting Commander of National Capital Region-Central Luzon was the PCG Exercise Director while the Vice Commander for Operations of JCG, Vice Admiral Takahiro Okushima led the JCG delegation,” it added.

PCG photo

PCG said the exercise was the culminating activity of “Echigo” prior returning to its mother port in Niigata Center, Hokuriku Region located in the northwestern part of Honshu Mainland of Japan.

“Echigo arrived in Manila on November 23 after the communication exercise (COMEX) last November 21 off Basilan Strait with the PCG’s newly acquired 44 meters MRRVs from Japan, the BRP Cape San Agustin and BRP Bagacay,” PCG said.