Economic Minister Masahiro Nakata attended the ceremony for the turnover of a 15m class high-speed boat to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on November 11. Present at the ceremony were Vice Admiral Joel Garcia, Ph.D., H.D., Al-Haj, PCG Commandant and other officials.
The delivery of the 15m class high-speed boat completes the 13 high-speed boats package, which was provided upon the request of President Duterte back in 2017. The high-speed boat can travel at a maximum speed of 30 knots, or 55 kilometers per hour, and take 14 crews onboard.
In his speech, Minister Nakata expressed the expectation that this 15m high-speed boat will help further enhance the PCG’s institutional capabilities for the continuous promotion of peace and or-der in the region. PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Garcia expressed his gratitude, stating that this boat is a symbol of the “strong relationship between the Philippines and Japan based on our stra-tegic partnership.”