The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) have conducted joint communication and anti-piracy exercises in Sibutu Passage, Tawi-Tawi on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
Joining the said initiative were BRP Bagacay (MRRV-4410) and BRP Malamawi (FPB-2403) from the PCG, and JCGS Tsugaru (PLH-02) with its carrier helicopter from the JCG.
Upon arrival at the vicinity waters, the PCG and JCG performed radio communication between the JCG helicopter and PCG vessels. An anti-piracy operation was also demonstrated wherein the JCG helicopter searched for suspicious boats and reported them to the PCG and JCG through vessel communication. The PCG and JCG were able to share best practices and learn from each other as a result of this initiative.
The joint maritime drill improved the Philippines’ and Japan’s maritime cooperation. It enabled the PCG and JCG to work together more effectively in the aftermath of maritime incidents and in the development of anti-piracy programs. The goal is to improve law enforcement cooperation and increase marine security and safety in the country’s maritime jurisdiction.