US, PH Coast Guards conduct special boat operations course

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USCG and PCG personnel take time out of their training schedule for a group photo, Southern Tagalog District Office, Batangas City

USCG and PCG personnel take time out of their training schedule for a group photo, Southern Tagalog District Office, Batangas City

The US and Philippine Coast Guards has just concluded a joint Small Boat Operation Course as part of a continuing collaboration on improving maritime security.

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The two-week intensive course was conducted at the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Southern Tagalog District Office in Batangas City.

A total of 15 PCG personnel from the Southern Tagalog and Bicol Districts engaged in practical exercises designed to develop boat handling skills, engineering casualty control, safe execution of a man overboard recovery and responding to various emergency situations.

The US Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program provided funding for this course.  EXBS will also support visits by PCG personnel to attend training courses at the US Coast Guard Academy in the United States.

The EXBS Program is designed to help countries develop and improve their strategic trade and border control systems.

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