From Update Philippines (Jun 4): LOOK: Japan, PH vessels operate together
Vessels from Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and a large patrol ship from Japan Coast Guard (JCG) have conducted an interoperability exercise at vicinity waters off Talicud Island, Igacos, Davao Del Norte on June 3.
The activity was in line for 12th Maritime Law Enforcement Exercise (MARLEN) participated by PCG, JCG, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).
BRP Pampanga (SARV-003), BRP Tubbataha (MRRV 4401), BRP Capones (MRRV 4404), rubber boats of PCG and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Monitoring, Control & Surveillance (MCS) ship 3003 being manned by PCG participated in the interoperability exercise.
JCG Patrol Vessel-Large With Helicopter (PLH-08) Echigo with its embarked helicopter took part in the exercise.
“Prior the said exercise, a Rubber Boat Operation Training was conducted by the JCG MARLEN Experts to 20 PCG personnel from the crew of participating PCG vessels and personnel of Coast Guard District Southeastern Mindanao in Davao City slated last 30 May and had their culminating ceremony yesterday, 02 June,” PCG said.