Two Japanese destroyers in Philippines for visit, naval exercise

Two warships of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force arrived in Manila South Harbor morning of Saturday, May 9. JDS Harusame (DD-102) and JDS Amigiri (DD-154), Murasame-class destroyer and Asagiri-class destroyer respectively, docked in Manila 10 am with more than 500 officers and enlisted personnel.

“The visit is expected to enhance the already strong relationship between the Philippine Navy and the Japanese Navy,” the navy said. Visit is until May 12.

Warships’ top official will be will be paying a courtesy call and have discussions with Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Jesus Millan. Japanese sailors will be given a chance to visit different tourist spots in the country.

On Tuesday, May 12, BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) with its AW-109E naval helicopter will be deployed for a passing exercise with Japanese destroyers to be held off the waters of Subic and Manila Bay.

“The exercises we will be having are aimed at fostering camaraderie, as well as enhancing cooperation and interoperability,” said Cmdr. Lued Lincuna, navy’s public affairs chief.