Japan Gives 13 High-Speed Boats for the Phililppines at Pres. Duterte's Request

The Japanese government continued their efforts to support the Philippines as they delivered their 13 high-speed boats at Pres. Rody Duterte's direct request to Japan.

The said high-speed boats given by the Japan government, through a grant aid worth 600 million yen (P270 million), will be used by the Philippine Coast Guard in its operations accross the Philippines.

According to the Japanese government the 13 units of the 7-meter high-speed boats, a Rigid Hull Inflated Boats (RHIBs) are being provided by the Japanese government in response to President Rody Duterte's direct request to the government of Japan.

The first batch consisting of 3 RHIBs was turned over in November 2017. The second batch consisting of 4 RHIBs was turn over to the Philippine Coast Guard on March 28 durign the commissiong ceremony of Parola-class MRRVs BRP Cape San Agustin and BRP Cabra.

The first batch was also turn over during the commissioning ceremony 3 Parola-class Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRVs) BRP Capones, BRP Suluan, and BRP Sindangan – financed, designed, and built through Japan’s support.

In an official statement released to the media the Japanese Embassy said:

“The vessels and boats will enhance the Philippines’ capabilities for law enforcement, help in the prevention of maritime accidents and in the conduct of quick rescue operations, and contribute to the overall improvement of maritime security in the Philippines,” the Japanese embassy said.

“The provision of these vessels and boats is expected to further strengthen the strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines,” it added.