Monday, August 27, 2012

PHL, Japanese Coast Guards to hold anti-piracy training in Manila

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) will conduct an anti-piracy exercise in Manila Bay from Monday, August 27, until Thursday, August 30.

The PCG said the JCG contingent is to arrive Monday at 9 a.m. at Pier 15 in Manila's South Harbor aboard the patrol vessel Shikishima, which it described in a news update on its website Sunday afternoon as "one of Japan Coast Guard’s biggest vessels measuring 150 meters in length and with 180 crewmembers."

During the four-day activity, the participants will conduct lectures on piracy laws, interdiction and vessel boarding procedures.

The PCG Special Operations Group will also hold joint diving training at Coast Guard Education and Training Command (CGETC) Dive Training Facility at Muella dela Industria, Farola Compound in Binondo, Manila.

The Japanese Embassy recently stated that 2,632 vessels from various countries have benefited since the Japan Self-Defense Force began its initiative to escort vessels in the Gulf of Aden in July 2009.

It added that in terms of nationality of the crews, Filipinos have been "by far the biggest beneficiaries (total 18,573 people)" of the escort operations. -GMA News (August 26, 2012 4:29PM)

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