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China Coast Guard ship joins exercises with Philippines Coast Guard

A CHINA Coast Guard CCG Type 718B patrol ship was welcomed in Philippines with a ceremony, marking the start of the first ever official visit by a China Coast Guard vessel, reported Janes Defence Weekly

23 January 2020 - 19:00

A CHINA Coast Guard CCG Type 718B patrol ship was welcomed in Philippines with a ceremony, marking the start of the first ever official visit by a China Coast Guard vessel, reported Janes Defence Weekly.

The vessel took in exercises with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in an effort to improve bilateral ties amid tensions between Beijing and Manila over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.



The 102 metre long Type 718B patrol ship was welcomed at the PCG's national headquarters in Port Area, Manila in a ceremony that was also attended by PCG Commandant Admiral Joel Garcia and CCG Director General Major General Wang Zhongcai.



Two of these ships have been constructed at GZHP and four more are observed at different stages of construction at Wuchang. These ships also are armed with a single H/PJ-26 cannon on the bow.



This gun has a stealthy turret design, and more composite material is used in the construction of the turret. In addition, ready rounds for the H/PJ-26 are doubled to 150 rounds from the original 75 of the earlier AK-176.


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