The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) vessel JS Akizuki (DD-115), an Akizuki-class (General Type) Destroyer with one SH-60J helicopter and approximately 200 officers and crew on board, arrived at SBMA, Olongapo City today for a three-day visit until Monday, April 16, 2018. This is the second visit of a JMSDF ship in the country this year. The first one was JS AMAGIRI that arrived last February in Manila.
Philippine Navy (PN) vessel BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS35) rendered customary meeting procedures at the vicinity of Morong, Bataan and escorted the vessel to its designated anchorage area. PN delegates headed by the representative of the Flag Officer In Command (FOIC), PN, Capt. Francis Alexander R Jose, accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival followed by a port briefing related to health and security aboard JS Akizuki.
Subsequently, Capt. Ryoko Azuma, Commander of Escort Division One, JMSDF and Commander Kazunori Ishii, Commanding Officer of JS Akizuki will call on the Commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), Rear Adm. Allan Ferdinand V Cusi.
It may be recalled that on March 06, 2018, Capt. Ryoko Azuma was appointed as the Commander of the Maritime Self Defense Force’s (MSDF) First Escort Division including the flagship Izumo helicopter carrier making her the first female in the JMSDF to command a warship squadron.
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. A send-off ceremony with customary Passing Exercise (PASSEX) will cap off their port visit on April 16.
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. Philippine Navy