The Philippine Navy today welcomed Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Murasame-class destroyer JS Ikazuchi (DD-107) at Pier 9, South Harbor, Manila.
The Japanese delegation is headed by Captain Ryoko Azuma, commander JMSDF Escort Division One.
The Philippine Navy said that the visit of Japanese warship underscores the continuing efforts to further strengthen the relationship between Japan and Philippines.
“This will further enhance and sustain the promotion of peace, stability, and maritime cooperation through naval diplomacy,” the Philippine Navy said.
This visit marks the first time a Japanese warship is visiting the Philippines this year 2019.