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JCG plans to deploy large patrol ship to Ishigaki for Senkaku patrols

  • June 14, 2019
  • , Sankei , p. 1
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The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) will deploy its latest patrol ship, which is also one of the largest of its kind, to Ishigakijima, the front line of patrols of territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands, a government source disclosed on June 13. China is introducing larger and armed government ships. Chinese government ships have been spotted in waters near the Senkakus for a record 63 days in a row. The JCG has decided to deploy its largest patrol ship to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters (Naha), which oversees waters near the Senkakus and Ishigakijima, for the first time.

 

The JCG will deploy a patrol vessel large with helicopter (PLH), which weighs 6,500 tons and is 150 meters long, to Ishigakijima by fiscal 2021. At present, 12 large patrol ships are dedicated to patrolling waters near the Senkakus. The JCG will not integrate the PLH into the rotation of these 12 ships, but plans to use it as a de facto command ship for the patrol of territorial waters near the Senkakus.

 

Ishigakijima serves as the front line of patrols of waters near the Senkakus as it is only 170 km away from the islands. The JCG has already informed local authorities of the deployment plan. This year Ishigaki City and other municipalities decided on a revised port development program that includes the construction of a 180-meter-long-pier for JCG ships and related facilities. (Abridged)

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