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PH, Japan coast guards hold drills off Manila waters

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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) held vessel-towing exercises off the coastal waters of Manila on Tuesday.

In a statement, the PCG said the joint maritime exercise is a project under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the development of the PCG on vessel operations, maintenance planning, and maritime law enforcement.

“This joint maritime exercise between PCG and JCG is in line with the JICA Technical Cooperation Project intended for the capability enhancement of PCG,” the PCG said.

It added that the exercise is part of a five-day practical training course on towing and firefighting for the crew members of BRP Malabrigo, BRP Kalanggaman, and PB 1515 which began on Monday and will end on Friday (January 24).

The first training scenario began when the PCG Command Center received a distress call that BRP Kalanggaman encountered engine trouble and was dead on the water.

In response, PCG District in National Capital Region-Central Luzon directed BRP Malabrigo to render necessary assistance.

The second scenario, the PCG said, began when a PB 151, a 15-meter surveillance boat, also encountered engine trouble.

BRP Kalanggaman was deployed to render assistance and towed the distressed
vessel to Pier 13 in South Harbor, Manila for repair.

“Both towing missions were successfully accomplished,” the PCG said.

Last week, the PCG welcomed the China Coast Guard (CCG) for the first-ever maritime exercise between the countries in the Philippines.

During the five-day port call, the PCG and the CCG held cross-deck visits, practical exercises on search-and-rescue and firefighting-at-sea scenarios, as well as an exchange of best practices on maritime affairs and law enforcement.

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