Personnel of the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have conducted a virtual strategic operation maintenance planning on Friday, Aug. 6, in preparation for the arrival of the two largest multi-role response vessels (MRRVs).
The two MRRVs were ordered from Japan.
JCG Commander Chikara Kurata, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) experts, PCG Surface Support Force Commander Rear Admiral Allan Dela Vega, and some selected PCG personnel involved in operations, ships, and aircraft engineering attended the virtual activity.
During the virtual meeting, the JCG shared the formulation of operation plan and maintenance for the floating assets.
Meanwhile, the PCG discussed an overview regarding the status of its current operations on the floating vessels.
“With the vast experience of JCG in operating large fleet of patrol vessels, the workshop allowed PCG personnel to acquire knowledge and best practices in enhancing its capability in operating and maintaining existing and upcoming vessels — thereby improving its performance in upholding maritime security, maritime law enforcement, and maritime search and rescue,” the PCG said.
The first of the two largest MRRVs of the PCG was launched virtually in Shimonoseki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Japan on Monday, July 26.
The first 94-meter MRRV is expected to arrive in Manila in March 2022, while the second vessel will arrive in May 2022.
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