Philippine Navy confirms upcoming activity with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

The Philippine Navy confirms earlier report of a Japanese broadcaster that Philippine Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force will be conducting first ‘full-pledged’ joint naval drill in West Philippine Sea later this month. “This is part of the customary engagements that the PN does with navies sojourning the Philippines,” Philippine Navy spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo said as quoted by state-run news agency.

The Japanese navy will deploy one P-3C Orion anti-submarine, maritime surveillance aircraft for the said exercise.

Joint training will include humanitarian assistance and disaster response, maritime search-and-rescue, and maritime situational awareness training and cooperation.

“This Navy-to-Navy engagement envisions to share new tactics, techniques, and procedures as well as best practices to further maritime operations especially now that the Philippines is nearing the rainy season,” the PN spokesman explained.

A staff-to-staff talks will also be conducted during the visit to “strengthen and institutionalize information-sharing between the PN and JMSDF to step-up maritime situational awareness.”

“These are the activities lined-up for the JMSDF country-visit on June 22-26, 2015,” Col. Arevalo said.

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