Chinese Patrol Vessel to Exercise with USCG in Hawaii


— The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) cutter Haixun 31.

AsiaOne News is reporting one of China’s largest and newest civilian patrol vessels, the Haixun 31, is expected to arrive in Hawaii September 4, for five days of exercises and mutual familiarization.

Similar in size to a 378, it will be bringing a helicopter with it. Helicopters are less common on Chinese law enforcement vessels, than they are on USCG ships.

Last year the same ship visited Singapore. Their Maritime Safety Administration is relatively large at approximately 20,000 employees, but is only one of five agencies that perform Coast Guard like functions for China.

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