Japanese Coast Guard vessel arrives in Manila for joint exercise

A Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) vessel arrived in Manila morning of May 3 at Pier 15, South Harbor for a port call. The JCG vessel PLH22 Yashima is set to join 5th Joint Maritime Law Enforcement (MARLEN) Exercise with Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday, May 6.

The said joint exercise will focus on combating piracy and armed robbery at sea. It will be held at the vicinity waters off 1.8 NM Northwest of San Antonio, Cavite City, the coast guard said.

“PLH22 Yashima will participate in the activity with their assets consisting of a helicopter (Helicopter Bell 412) and rigid hull inflatable boat for board, search and seizure procedure. Likewise, the PCG will also deploy its floating and air assets to take part in the joint exercise,” Philippine Coast guard adds.

The joint exercise aims to enhance capabilities of both coast guards combat piracy and armed robbery at sea, acquire knowledge and skills in conducting airlift rescue operations, and establish friendship and mutual understanding.

Yashima is a 130-meter search and rescue vessel with 5,204 GT, owned by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and based at Coast Guard Office in Fukuoka, Japan.