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Korean Coast Guard training vessel visits PCG

Korea Coast Guard (KCG) Training Vessel 3011 “Badaro” visits the country for the first time, arriving at South Harbor, Port Area in Manila Monday.

KCG 3011 “Badaro” is a training vessel for 69 cadets of the Korean Coast Guard Academy (KCGA). Badaro, one of the 13 Tae Pyung Yang (Pacific)-class vessels, has a total length of 100 meters and is equipped with a helicopter and other modern technology.

To welcome the KCG contingent, a company sized arrival honors was rendered to the vessel’s Commanding Officer, Superintendent Oh Tae Og, and received by Rear Admiral Rolando Legaspi,  Deputy Commandant for Operations of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); Captain Armando Balilo, Commander Coast Guard Public Affairs Office; Captain Vivien Jane Cay, Deputy Chief of Coast Guard staff for Education and Training, and his staff.

Superintendent Oh Tae Og also paid a courtesy call to PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino at the PCG national headquarters in Manila.

As capacity building measures of the two agencies, the goodwill visit will include an academic subject-matter expert exchange on the best practices in providing effective medical support for emergencies needed on ships using air assets.

KCG staff and cadets as well as PCG’s personnel under the Coast Guard Aviation Force, Coast Guard Medical Service, Coast Guard Action Center (CGAC) and students under the Coast Guard Education and Training Command are participating in the activities.

Aside from the academic exchange, a visit to the PCG facilities such as the CGAC, National Coast Watch Center and PCG’s K9 facility with the KCGA President, Senior Superintendent General Kyo Myung Sik, will be scheduled for the KCG delegation.

Exchange visits to the PCG and KCG vessels will also be facilitated for the participants.#