Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) launched a 6,500-tonne patrol vessel for the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) on 8 March.
The 150 m vessel, which has been named Reimei , will be the third Shikishima-class ship in service with the JCG once it is commissioned in 2020.
The vessel has an overall beam of 17 m, and can accommodate a helicopter on its flight deck. It has also been equipped for high-tempo search and surveillance operations, and can also take on roles as a command ship, a JCG spokesperson told Jane’s .
The total cost of acquiring the vessel, and its accompanying helicopter is about JPY30 billion (USD270 million), the spokesperson added.
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