Coast guards of Vietnam, Japan to conduct joint drill at sea

The Japan Coast Guard ship JCGS Yashima will join the Vietnam Coast Guard in a search and rescue drill at sea during its visit starting on Sunday

The Japan Coast Guard ship JCGS Yashima (PLH 22) is seen in this file photo.

A Japan Coast Guard ship, the JCGS Yashima (PLH 22), with 130 crew members on board, will arrive in central Vietnam on Sunday for a five-day visit, during which the two sides will conduct a search and rescue exercise at sea.

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The ship, led by Coast Guard Superintendent Akihiro Hirano, is scheduled to dock at the Tien Sa Port in Da Nang on the morning of May 10, according to the Da Nang Department of Information and Communications.

After a welcome ceremony at the port, the ship’s leaders will pay a courtesy visit to the office of the High Command of the Vietnam Coast Guard in Da Nang, the local People’s Committee, and the High Command of the Vietnam Coast Guard of Zone II in Nui Thanh District, Quang Nam Province – Da Nang’s neighbor.

The First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, Hayashi Hiroyuki, will attend the ceremony.

During their stay, the Japanese coast guard members will hold professional exchanges and seminars with their Vietnamese counterparts.

A volleyball friendly will also take place between the Japanese sailors and their hosts from the Vietnam Coast Guard of Zone II.

On May 14, the last day of their visit, the two sides will take part in a search, rescue and salvage drill at sea.  

JCGS Yashima is owned by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and is based at the Japan Coast Guard Office in Fukuoka.

The ship, which was put into operation in December 1988, is 130 meters long, 15.5 meters wide and 8.8 meters tall.

It has a full load of 5,200 tons and a displacement of more than 6,000 tons. 

The vessel is equipped with a 35 mm gun, a 20mm Vulcan gun, a Bell 412 helicopter and many advanced maritime radar systems. 

Last month, two other ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, JS Kirisame (DD104) and JS Asayuki (DD132), with more than 500 crew members on board, also visited Da Nang for four days.

The two ships arrived at the Tien Sa Port on April 16 and had an exchange with Vietnam’s navy through April 19.

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