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Japan Coast Guard plans to build 9 new patrol ships

  • August 29, 2016
  • , Jiji Press , 11:04 p.m.
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Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press) — The Japan Coast Guard has drawn up its budget request for fiscal 2017, including funds to build nine new patrol ships to replace aging vessels, it was learned on Monday.

The budget request totals 200.5 billion yen, the fourth-highest figure ever, excluding a separate demand for unspecified funds to strengthen the agency’s capabilities to cope with Chinese government ships’ intrusions into Japanese waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

Planned to be newly built are 200-ton small patrols ships and 100-ton large patrol boats, both for use in rescue operations and boarding inspections.

The fiscal 2017 request includes costs for an increase of 335 personnel including for patrol around the islands, marine surveys and inspections of cruise ships.

The coast guard will also request fund allocations for building a helicopter for education purposes, creating a centralized system to manage marine data and acquiring eight new surveillance boats to strengthen security in and around Tokyo Bay ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

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