http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/news17254.html Read more on joint rescue exercise Kinmen-Xiamen waters Coast Guard fleet expanded Coast Guard fleet expanded by two new vessels Two new locally designed and built vessels were commissioned into service last Wednesday by the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) as part of Taiwan's efforts to beef up its coastal patrol and maritime search and rescue capabilities. "The induction of the two ultra-modern, high performance ships has substantially enhanced our deep-sea patrol capacity and underscores our determination to protect our maritime sovereignty and fishing rights and better contribute to law enforcement at sea, " President Ma Ying-jeou said while presiding over the commissioning ceremony for the two ships at a CGA wharf in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung City. Last September, coast guard personnel from Taiwan and mainland conducted a joint maritime search and rescue training exercise in waters between Taiwan-held Kinmen Island and the southeastern mainland's coastal city of Xiamen, Ma noted. In the future, he continued, Taiwan looks forward to reinforcing similar exchanges and cooperation with the United States, Japan and the Philippines. The CGA also cooperates with the Fisheries Administration by deploying three patrols in the Pacific Ocean each year, during which Coast Guard officers conduct regular shipboard inspections of fishing boats in the open sea through arrangements by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. "These operations indicate international recognition of our maritime policing abilities, " Ma said, adding that the commissioning of the two new vessels further upgrades Taiwan's open sea law enforcement operations and better protects the rights and safety of Taiwanese fishermen and fishing boats. One of the two new vessels, christened Tainan, is a 2,000-ton multifunctional ship that has a range that encompasses the Dongsha Islands and the Spratlys in the South China Sea, with a maximum navigation distance of 7,500 nautical miles. The other, named Hsunhu No. 7, is a 1,000-ton deep-sea patrol vessel, with a range of 15,000 nautical miles.