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PCG: The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) vessel PHL02 Tsugaru arrived and dock at South Harbor, Manila today, July 11 to conduct the 6th Joint Maritime Law Enforcement (MARLEN) Exercise together with the Philippine Coast Guard.

 The joint exercise about combating piracy and armed robbery at sea will be conducted on July 13 at vicinity waters off Manila Bay with the delegates of PCG Maritime Security and Law Enforcement Command together with other government law enforcement agencies and representatives from Australia and USA as observers.

PHL02 Tsugaru will participate in the activity with their assets which include a helicopter (Helicopter Bell 412) and rigid hull inflatable boat for board, search and seizure procedure. Likewise, the PCG will also deploy its floating and air assets to take part in the joint exercise.

The event aims to further enhance the capabilities of PCG and JCG to combat piracy and armed robbery at sea, to acquire knowledge and skills in conducting airlift rescue operations, and to established friendship and mutual understanding between JCG and PCG and other Law Enforcement Agencies.

PHL02 Tsugaru is a 105.40-meter crude oil tanker of 3,324 GT, owned by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport based at Hakodate Coast Guard Office in Tokyo, Japan.