Philippine Coast Guard Ship. Photo/MarineTraffic.com/mikeneko
MANILA – The Philippine coast guard will conduct its first joint drills with the United States (US) and Japan off the coast of Bataan province on June 1-7, 2023.
The state-owned Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported this on Monday (28/5/2023). Three Philippine patrol boats, one US ship and one Japanese ship will take part in the exercise, according to the report.
The aim of the exercise is to enhance interaction between coastguards on both sides during joint sea operations, including through communications and maneuvering exercises, patrol training and search and rescue missions.
“The US Coast Guard and the Japan Coast Guard have assisted us in our human resource development programs, particularly in law enforcement training. This is a great opportunity to thank and show them what our personnel have learned from their programs,” said the Vice Adm. Philippines Rolando Punzalan, quoted by PNA.
“During the exercise, the participants will carry out a simulation of chasing a ship suspected of being involved in sea piracy,” said the PNA report.
The exercise format also provides for trilateral sports competitions, exchange of experience for professional growth and other joint activities.