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On 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations and 10th Anniversary of Strategic Partnership, Philippines and Japan Launch 94-meter Multi-Role Response Vessel For Philippine Coast Guard

The first 94-meter multi-role response vessel (MRRV) made in Japan for the Philippine Coast Guard, the biggest vessel among the marine assets of the PCG, was launched on 26 July 2021 at the Shimonoseki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

94-METER MULTI-ROLE RESPONSE VESSEL LAUNCH IN SHIMONOSEKI SHIPYARD, MITSUBISHI SHIPBUILDING CO. LTD.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Jose C. Laurel V referred to the launch as an auspicious event on the 65th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of the Philippines-Japan Strategic Partnership. He said the MRRV construction was a testament to the unyielding ambition of the Philippines and a beginning for the PCG to undertake its sea duty of saving lives, protecting the seas, and confronting challenges which arise.

As an archipelago dependent on the tides, the Philippines cooperates with Japan, a fellow maritime nation who understands the needs of the country. Ambassador Laurel expressed confidence in joint projects with Japan, arising from practical considerations, but more deeply rooted in shared experiences and common values. He paid tribute to skilled Japanese worksmanship used for the construction of the PCG vessel. As strategic partners, the vessels embody both countries’ vision for the future.

A Catholic prayer for the safe journey of the vessel opened the launch event, and Ambassador Laurel offered his wishes for the safety of the ship and of all those who sail on her.

The Philippine Government procured two 94-meter vessels under the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project Phase II (MSCIP Phase 2), whose completion is expected in 2022. Phase I of the project was completed in 2018 with the delivery of all 40-meter patrol vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard.

AMBASSADOR LAUREL AND MEMBERS OF THE PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD MEET WITH OFFICIALS OF MITSUBISHI SHIPBUILDING CO. LTD.