Philippine Coast Guard chief reveals future requirements: OPVs, helicopters, fast patrol boats...

Rear Admiral Cecil R Chen is the Vice Commandant for Administration of the Philippine Coast Guard and concurrently the District Commander, Coast Guard District National Capital Region-Central Luzon. The area of his responsibility covers Manila Bay, Subic Bay and Laguna Lake. Rear Admiral Chen joined Defence IQ ahead of the Coastal Surveillance Asia conference where he is speaking in November... Which assets will the PCG seek to acquire over the next few years? Why is it important for you to add these capabilities? The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), in the Capacity Development of the Strategic Plan is prioritizing the acquisition of vital floating and air assets that will greatly enhance the performance of its mandated functions. Notably procurement proceedings are underway for the acquisition of ten (10) 40-meter Multi Role Response Vessel from Japan, one (1) 54-meter pre-owned naval vessel from France, and seven (7) Bell helicopters. Also in the pipeline is the procurement of

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