Japan Donates Two Frigates to the Philippine Navy

The Japanese government already donated two Frigates to the Philippine Navy in a bid to bolster the bilateral relations between Philippines and Japan. Frigates are type of warship commonly used by some of the world's most powerful navies.

Ishikari Class Frigates
 Japan decided to provide two large patrol vessels to the Philippines, the two 90-meter (295-foot) patrol vessels, considered as Japan's largest vessels provided to the Philippines.

According to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a plan to provide the patrol vessels to the Philippines during first first talk with Pres. Rody Duterte during the ASEAN Summit in Laos.

In a news report posted by Chicaco Tribune, the Japanese government will extend yen loans to the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte as part of its official development assistance. The funds from Japan will be used to build two patrol vessels in Japan and will be delivered to the Philippine Coast Guard after completion.

Aside from the two frigates, the government of Japan will also provide a total of ten (10) 40-meter patrol boats to the Philippines and has started to deliver some of them to the Philippine government. The two frigates provided by Japan will be the first large patrol vessels given to the Philippines.

The donation by Japan to the Philippines is a clear indication that there's a positive outcome of the meeting between Pres. Duterte and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.

Japan formally decided to lend the Maritime Self-Defense Force's TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippine government. Japan is considered as one of the powerful allies by some Southeast Asian countries. Aside from the help extended to the Philippines, Japan has already donated a total of six ships as patrol vessels to Vietnam.

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