3 Japan warships now in Subic

3 Japan warships now in Subic

The Philippine-Japan relations is at an all time high.

Three ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)'s Escort Flotilla One have docked in Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Olongapo city for its third goodwill visit.

Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata said this is the third visit of JMSDF ships in the country this year 2019.

  The "helicopter destroyer" and flagship, JS Izumo (DDH-183) (photo credit to owner)

The first one was JS Ikazuchi (DD-107) in Manila last January and JS Samidare (DD-106) in Subic Bay last May.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)'s Escort Flotilla One iis composed of the following vessels, the "helicopter destroyer" and flagship, JS Izumo (DDH-183) and two destroyers, JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108).

Zata said the 850-member Japanese delegation is led by Rear Admiral Hiroshi Egawa, Escort Flotilla One commander. Aside from the three ships, the force is also equipped with five SH-60K patrol helicopters.

Philippine Navy Commodore Adeluis Bordado, Naval Installation Command chief. Welcomed the JSMDF naval contingent.

“This visit underscores the continuing efforts of the Philippines and Japan to strengthen the relationship between our governments and navies. This further trumpets the Philippine Navy’s commitment to promoting naval diplomacy and camaraderie and fostering goodwill with our Japanese Navy counterparts,” he added.

Egawa expressed his sincere gratitude to the PN for the welcome and support are given to them during their visit. He said that Japan and the Philippines are important partners which have made efforts together to maintain and strengthen maritime order in the region.

“The JMSDF will continue to strengthen the cooperation with the Philippine Navy as a very important partner in achieving Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region,” he further added.

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