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Hanoi (VNA) - The Philippines commissioned into service two more Japan-made patrol ships on March 28, bringing to eight the number of vessels added to its coast guard fleet.

During the ceremony held at the Philippine Coast Guard headquarters in Manila, the two ships were christened BRP Cape San Agustin and BRP Cabra.

They are built for an average operating cruising speed of 46km per hour and can detect other vessels up to 1,500 nautical miles away, making them a valuable addition to a coast guard fleet patrolling the territorial waters of the immense Philippine archipelago of more than 7,000 islands.

Speaking at the event, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda said Japan has delivered eight vessels to the Philippines and expects the remaining two to arrive within a few months, adding that Japan will also be providing four smaller inflatable, rigid hull boats.

Earlier on March 26, Japan donated three second-hand maritime surveillance planes TC90 to the Philippines to improve the capacity of its naval forces.-VNA