BRP Ramon Alcaraz engaged with a Japanese warship while on journey to Australia

BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) engaged in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Japanese warship JS Hatakaze (DDG-171).

The PASSEX between two navy ships took place in the waters of Indonesia as reported by Subic Bay News, a former publication of US Naval Base in Subic.

PASSEX includes flashing light drills, semaphore drills, flaghoist drills and utilize Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES).

Philippine Navy ship BRP Ramon Alcaraz  engages with Japan's JS Hatakaze en route to Australia. Photo by Philippine Navy via Subic Bay News

BRP Ramon Alcaraz engages with JS Hatakaze en route to Australia. Photo by Philippine Navy via Subic Bay News

Capt. Ernesto O Baldovino, the Commanding officer of PF-16 said the PASSEX did not only provide an opportunity to test the effectiveness of the CUES but also served as an avenue to enhance the ability and skills of the sailors and promote cooperation and interoperability between the two ships.

Both the Japanese and Philippine Navy ships are on their way to Northern Australia Exercise Area for KAKADU 2014.

KAKADU 2014 will start on August 25 and will run until September 12. Australia and Philippines will be joined by Japan, New Zealand, and Pakistan. While Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Vanuatu, South Korea and India will be sending personnel as observers.

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