Japan Coast Guard to have three 6,000-ton maritime patrol vessels
- April 15, 2019
Japan Coast Guard will receive three 6,000-ton maritime patrol vessels and have seven ships in total.
According to NHK’s media report, the first build patrol ship, called Shunko (PLH42), will be able to carry two helicopters. It will also be equipped with a desalinator to supply the crew with fresh water on long missions.
The ship has been given other upgrades to improve its response to emergencies. It will be armed with bigger automatic guns and two water cannons that have never before been mounted on conventional patrol ships of this class.
Coast Guard ships are routinely deployed in response to Chinese patrol vessels that enter Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Japan controls the islands. The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan’s territory. China and Taiwan claim them.
The Coast Guard is also called upon to deal with numerous Chinese coral poachers and rampant illegal squid fishing by North Korean boats.
The Coast Guard says it will carry out its duties faithfully and in line with the law. It plans to introduce more 6,000-ton ships in the coming years.