22 May 2017

News Story: Vessel from Japan to be used vs piracy

BRP Tubbataha: “Parola” (lighthouse) class MRRV (File Photo)
By Evelyn Macairan

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Coast Guard’s fourth brand new multi-role response vessel (MRRV) from Japan has arrived and would soon be deployed to conduct anti-piracy patrols at the newly opened sea route between the Philippines and Indonesia.

PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said the vessel arrived last Tuesday and would be named BRP Capones, after the Capones lighthouse in Zambales.

Capones would join the “Parola” (lighthouse) class ships of the PCG, namely BRP Tubbataha, BRP Malabrigo and BRP Malapascua.

Balilo said Capones would be deployed to patrol the newly opened roll on-roll off (RORO) sea route from Davao City-General Santos City to Bitung in Indonesia.

President Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo jointly inaugurated the new sea route last April 30 in Davao City

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