The Japan Coast Guard Ship, JCGS Tsugaru (PLH-02) arrived in Chennai, India on Jan. 12, for joint exercise with Indian Coast Guard (ICG) vessels at sea off Tamil Nadu coast.
ICG Director General, Rajendra Singh and Admiral Satoshi, Commandant, Japan Coast Guard will embark ships for the National Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise 2018 (SAREX-18) on Jan. 17. The ship will be in Chennai until January 18.
The maritime exercise event will foster bilateral relationship between the two countries, specifically on maritime cooperation while cultural heritage exchange will take place in the back ground.
During the period of visit, the Japanese crew will visit various places of interest in and around Chennai and will take part in a friendly volley ball match. The ship is visiting Chennai under the provisions of institutionalized bilateral Memorandum of Cooperation between Japan Coast Guard and Indian Coast Guard, said a press release.
JCGS Tsugaru (PLH-02)
JCGS Tsugaru (PLH-02) is the lead ship of the Tsugaru-class of PLH (Patrol vessel Large with Helicopter) type patrol vessels operated by the the Japan Coast Guard (JCG; former Maritime Safety Agency, MSA).
The vessel was build at Ishikawajima Shipyard (IHI), Isogo and is currently homeported in Hakodate.
Tsugaru-class ships are operated as command ships of each Regional Coast Guard Headquarters flotilla or task force, and conducting many search and rescue (SAR) operations
With their high-endurance and aviation patrol capability, these ships also attend to overseas dispatch including counter-piracy operations in the Strait of Malacca.