BRP Melocha Aquino Scheduled to Arrive From Japan in May

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio M Abu announced the expected arrival of MRRV-9702 or PCG’s second 97-meter multi-role response vessel (MRRV) from Japan in May 2022.

According to the Commander, the arrival of the ship to be identified as BRP MELCHORA AQUINO is a big step towards recognizing PCG as the “SYMBOL OF HOPE” and “SOURCE OF NATIONAL PRIDE” of the Philippines – in line with the upcoming “ARAW NG KAGITINGAN” celebration. on 09th April 2022.

“This coming Saturday, the Filipino people will celebrate ‘Araw ng Kagitingan’ as a reflection on the sacrifices of the heroic soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the freedom we enjoy today,” said CG Admiral Abu.
“That is why this week, I urge every Coast Guardian to serve the people with courage,” he added.

The MRRV-9702 is modeled on the Kunigami-class vessel of the Japan Coast Guard (JCG). It has a maximum speed of at least 24 knots; endurance of at least 4,000 nautical miles; and the ability to conduct long-term patrols in Philippine maritime jurisdiction-including the West Philippine Sea, Philippine Rise, and the southern part of the country.

Therefore, according to CG Admiral Abu, such assets will be used to further intensify the promotion of MARITIME SECURITY, MARITIME SAFETY, MARITIME LAW ENFORCEMENT, MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE, AND MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION in the 37,000-kilometer coastline of the Philippines.

Add to this the wider HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND DISASTER RESPONSE OPERATIONS as there are now larger ships available for delivering relief supplies or conducting ferry missions.
On February 26, 2022, MRRV-9701, to be identified as BRP Teresa Magbanua, arrived safely in the country at the time of commissioning.

The government purchased two 97-meter MRRVs from Japan to further strengthen the PCG under the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project Phase II (MSCIP Phase 2).
“What we are experiencing right now is the era of the modern Coast Guard. We have surpassed major challenges and achieved remarkable accomplishments in the past six years and amid the global pandemic, ”shared CG Admiral Abu.

“You have proven that indeed, the men and women of the PCG are responsible, accountable, disciplined, inspiring, abled, team-spirited, and excellent servant leaders,” he added.

“You have proven that the PCG RADIATES! That is why today, we are together in providing good service to the Filipino people, ”the Commander concluded.

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