• Japan formally turned over to PCG 3 RHIBs
• The inflatable boats were part of the 10 RHIBs that Japan pledged to donate to the country
• Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was present during the turn over ceremony
The Japanese government formally turned over to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) three inflatable patrol boats to boost its capability to fight sea piracy. They were part of the 10 inflatable patrol boats that Japan pledged to donate.
The rigid-hauled inflatable boats (RHIBs) are 7.3 meters long and can sail up to 60 knots per hour, as per Philstar.
PCG Spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo disclosed that Japan pledged to donate 10 RHIBs during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Japan early this year.
“This was donated to us during the president’s visit to Japan early this year in the amount of ¥600 million to help the PCG in the fight against terrorism and piracy,” Balilo said.
Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was present during the turn over ceremony, said piracy and armed robbery are rampant in the waters surrounding the Sulu-Celebes Seas area. He stressed the importance of maintaining the safety and security of the seas in the area.