MANILA (DWDD) – The Training Squadron of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) berthed at South Harbor, Manila will be ending their five-day goodwill visit to the Philippines from October 23 to 27.
The division, headed by its Commander, Rear Adm. Hidetoshi Iwasaki, is composed of three vessels, namely: JS Kashima (TV-3508), JS Setoyuki (TV-3518) and JS Asagiri (DD-151). Onboard are 190 newly commissioned officers and one helicopter SH-60J.
Philippine Navy (PN) vessel Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Rajah Humabon (FF11) conducted the meeting procedure for the vessels at the vicinity of Corregidor Island and escorted them to their designated berthing area.
Likewise, PN delegates rendered customary welcome ceremony at the pier followed by a port briefing with topics on security, safety and health.
This goodwill visit includes series of engagements between PN personnel and their visiting counterparts such as ship’s tour, courtesy call to navy leadership, goodwill games and receptions for cultural exchanges.
Said visit is another gesture of fostering goodwill which contributes to the furtherance of friendship between the PN and JMSDF established through the years with continuing commitment to promoting naval diplomacy and camaraderie. NPAO / MCAG