The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has sent a fourth warship to visit the Philippines this year 2018 today, May 25. JMSDF Asagiri-class destroyer JS Setogiri (DD-156) with a helicopter onboard will be in the country until May 26.
The first Japanese warship to visit the country this year was JS Amagiri (DD-154) also an Asagiri-class destroyer, the second was JS Akizuki (DD-115) Akizuki-class destroyer, and the third was Ōsumi-class tank landing ship JS Ōsumi (LST-4001).
Philippine Navy delegates headed by the representative of Philippine Navy chief Captain Joselo A. Tuballa accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival followed by a port briefing related to health and security aboard JS Setogiri, the Navy said.
“Like their previous visits, the Japanese navy will engage in a series of confidence-building activities with their PN counterparts such as goodwill games followed by a boodle fight,” the Philippine Navy said.
A send off ceremony will be held on May 26.
“The visit aims to strengthen the relationship between the two navies. It will further enhance and sustain the promotion of peace, stability, and maritime cooperation of the two countries through naval diplomacy and camaraderie,” the Navy said.