The Philippine Navy’s Tarlac-class landing platform dock BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) welcomed Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Escort Flotilla 1 (JMSDF EF1) to Philippine waters during a Meeting Engagement/Bilateral Exercise at the vicinity of Cagayan de Sulu, Tawi Tawi on June 28.
JMSDF EF1 is composed of JS Izumo (DDH-183), JS Murusame (DD-101), and JS Akebono (DD-108).
The Japanese flotilla is headed by Rear Admiral Hiroshi Egawa.
BRP Davao del Sur’s public affairs said LD602 accorded the customary meeting procedure with the Japanese flotilla which included activities such as Communications Exercise (COMMEX), Tactical/OOW Maneuvers, Photo Exercise (PHOTEX), Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) and the Farewell Pass (Leap Frog Maneuver).
“The activity is a prime opportunity for the PN and JMSDF to enhance interoperability and strengthen relationship among like-minded Navies to promote peace and stability in the region. More importantly, it gave the JMSDF a glimpse of Filipino hospitality,” it added.
BRP Davao del Sur public affairs said this visit highlights the continuing commitment between the two navies towards the peaceful use of the seas.
The Japanese flotilla is scheduled to dock in Subic for a goodwill visit until July 3.