PCG Receives Maritime Law Enforcement Training With Japan, U.S. Coast Guards – Manila Bulletin

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) recently conducted a capacity building activity with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) to strengthen their maritime law enforcement cooperation.

(Courtesy of the Embassy of Japan)

The week-long training, held from April 24-30, proved crucial for the PCG as it continues to push for a free and open Indo-Pacific region amid the expansion of China in the Western Philippine Sea (WPS).

As part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the JCG dispatched its Mobile Cooperation Team (MCT) to provide the PCG with capacity building in maritime safety and security.

Fourteen instructors and 48 PCG trainees learned different arrest techniques to handle law enforcement activities at sea.

(Courtesy of the Embassy of Japan)

The drills were conducted aboard the BRP Teresa Magbanua, PCG’s new multipurpose response vessel, at its headquarters in Manila.

According to the Japanese Embassy, ​​the JCG and USCG “have strengthened mutual cooperation” since the former was established in 1948.

“Japan sincerely hopes that this enhancement of PCG capabilities by the JCG and USCG will contribute to the improvement of PCG maritime law enforcement and the realization of a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific'” , did he declare.

Following this collaboration, the JCG and the USCG are looking to provide additional capacity building support to the PCG “in the near future”, the Japanese Embassy added.

The PCG has strengthened its capabilities to respond to emerging security challenges on the country’s vast coastline and maritime territory.

(Courtesy of the Embassy of Japan)

Recently, two Kunigami-class Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRV) were delivered to PCG by Japanese Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The BRP Teresa Magbanua (MRRV-9701) arrived on February 26, 2022 while her sister ship, the future BRP Melchora Aquino (MRRV-9702), completed her first sea trials in Japan last month and was due for delivery this May. . (Martin A. Sadongdong)

Both measuring 97 meters in length, the vessels are considered by the PCG to be its largest vessels in its fleet.