August 14, 2015

"On August 5, Japan handed over a patrol vessel to Vietnam to use for maritime patrols."

The Diplomat The Japan International Cooperation System handed the ship over to the Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance force at a delivery ceremony in Hong Ha Shipyard in the northern port city Hai Phong. By Prashanth Parameswaran

'The vessel is part of a deal involving six used vessels that Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pledged to donate to Vietnam during an August 2014 visit to Hanoi to help strengthen maritime safety. As I have noted previously, Japan has intensified its engagement with Southeast Asian countries under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, particularly in the defense realm (See for instance: “The Future of US-Japan-Vietnam Trilateral Cooperation”).

'The deal is financed through an official development assistance package worth 500 million yen ($4 million). Two of the six vessels are patrol boats of the Japanese Fisheries Agency, while the other four are commercial fishing boats.

'The ship handed over last week, named Hayato, is more than 56 meters long and nine meters wide, with a gross tonnage of 1,079 metric tons and the ability to accommodate 49 crew members. Built in 1993, it has a maximum speed of 12.5 nautical miles per hour and can operate for two consecutive months without refueling. Luu Van Huy, head of the Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance, told Thanh Nien News that the ship is the most advanced vessel it has ever had.'

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