(Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard)
The Philippines received the last of the 10 Japanese-aid 44-meter vessels on Monday, August 20, said the coast guard.
In an arrival ceremony held at the Coast Guard Surface Support Force (CGSSF) in Pier 13, South Harbor, Port Area, Manila, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) welcomed the 44-meter multi-role response vessel or MRRV 411.
Built by the Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation, the vessel will be named after the historic Lighthouse in Palaui Island, Santa Ana Cagayan to signify the important role of lighthouses in aiding navigation to mariners.
“Cape Engaño” has a standard cruising speed of 25 knots, and a range of 1,500 nautical miles. It will be used for search and rescue, law enforcement and transport services.
The awarding of vessels is a part of The Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project and was made possible by an Official Development Assistance to strengthen defense ties between Japan and the Philippines.
Apart from the vessels, there will also be a supply of standard spare parts and tools, crew training, ocean transportation, and marine insurance.