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PG Hayabusa Class

The PG-824 Hayabusa ["Falcon"] Class Missile boat model followed the navy's missile boat of the PG 1-go Class. The boats, which could travel at speeds up to 32 knots, were made of high-quality steel and equipped with state-of-the-art communication and navigation technologies.

After the 1999 "suspicious ship off the coast of Noto Peninsula incident" occurred, the lesson was the need for speedy craft, leading to the revised construction plan in which high-speed missile boat. At the same time, the Coast Guard caused the special high-speed patrol boat "Tsurugi" type to be commissioned. The proplusion is three gas turbine-water jets which span almost the full width of the rear hull. This missile boat is small because the type of ship, marine weather conditions in the sea off Japan, based on the performance of this type is in the form of large-scale as well. It is characterized by stealth considerations with the sharp angles. As the first defense ship, OTO Breda 76 mm rapid-fire gun type of stealth shield have been adopted. The bridge is a two-tiered structure, inside the composite material using a flame retardant are erected in bulletproof plate. It carries a 6.3 m complex work-boat (10 persons) for special security officers also used to inspectfor dealing with suspicious ships and other vessels.

Transfer to Indonesia??

On 13 June 2006, Japan has decided to donate three patrol boats to Indonesia over Japanese ODA for granted, as an exception to Japan's "Three Principles on Arms Exports." The boats are allowed to be used only for limited purpose including anti-terrorism and anti-piracy efforts, and they can't be transferred to a third country without Japan's consent. The agreement was scheduled to be signed on June 14, but the signing ceremony was postponed upon request of Indonesia. It is said that Indonesia refused to sign the documents because it could not accept conditions offered by Japan. But finally the two sides signed the documents on the following day without modification. The patrol boats are expected to be provided to the marine police, which was the cause of the Indonesia's discontent, according to Japanese diplomatic sources.

Indonesia announced on 08 June 2006 that it would likely to join the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) on weapons of mass destruction. Political support for the PSI in the Asia-Pacific region is relatively weak, due to the concern harbored by many Asian countries about the violation of national sovereignty and freedom of navigation. Noel Choong, head of the Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Center of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on June 15 that London insurer Llyod's should drop the Malacca Straits from its list of war-risk zones because the strait was no longer a piracy hotspot due to strengthening of patrol activities by the three littoral states (Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore).

A ceremony of transferring three patrol boats given to the Indonesian National Police by the Japanese government was held at Tanjung Priok sea port in North Jakarta on 30 November 2007. Saying Calling that the patrol boats will help Indonesia handle piracy, maritime terrorism and weapon smuggling in the Malacca strait, Japanese Ambassador Shin Ebihara said, "I hope Indonesia can use the boats effectively to secure the Malacca Strait." At least one and possibly two were PG-824 Hayabusa ["Falcon"] Class boats - "Hayabusa" and "Taka" [probably "Otaka"], and the third was the much smaller "Anis Madu". It is possible, however, that the former vessels are unrelated to the PG-824 Hayabusa Class, and merely share similar names.The later boat is 27 meters in length [a little more than half the length of the other two] and can carry up to 12 personnel. According to Indonesian National Police chief General Susanto, these three boats will be placed in Tanjung Batu, Riau and Belawan, Medan (North Sumatra). (Note: The three patrol boats are believed to have been provided under the Official Development Assistance (ODA) program of the Japanese government in June 2006.

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