U.S., Japan, and PH Hold Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training

U.S. and Japanese Coast Guard instructors share detainee handling techniques with Philippine Coast Guard students during training April 4-9, 2022 in the Manila Port Area. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

PHILIPPINE Coast Guard (PCG) staff and students underwent a six-day training in vessel boarding operations to enhance their maritime law enforcement capability.

The training was led by United States Coast Guard (USCG) instructors who teamed up with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) Mobile Cooperation Team (MCT) with the PCG.

The training took place at various locations from April 4-9, 2022 in the Manila port area and focused on instructor training for PCG personnel who will lead future courses.

The USCG team conducted the first half of the Instructor Development Course training for 14 PCG candidates and prepared them to plan, organize, and present scenarios and tactics to a student audience.

The PCG Instructor Candidates then demonstrated their expertise by presenting a Basic Internship Officer Course to 48 PCG students with support and mentorship from the USCG and JCG teams.

The JCG MCT also provided tactical instruction on individual self-defense techniques and the detention of suspected individuals during the second phase of the training.

According to the United States Embassy in the Philippines, this was the first time that USCG and JCG instructors have partnered directly in a training event with the PCG. He said similar events were already being discussed to build on this success.

On April 29, the course completion commemoration was held at the Philippine Coast Guard Base Farola in Manila.

PCG Rear Admiral Ronnie Gil Gavan, Commander of Maritime Security and Law Enforcement Command, emphasized the importance of well-trained embarkation teams for the PCG during the commemoration.

“This event is a significant milestone and highlights the strong maritime relationship between the United States, Japan, and the Philippines,” said Commodore Mike Ross, USCG Advisor to the U.S. Embassy in the United States. Philippines.

“The role of our Coast Guards in enforcing the rule of law is critical to the security of our nations. I anticipate future cooperation in operations and capacity building with the PCG and USCG,” he said. said JCG Captain Makoto Tamura.