Japanese destroyer arrives in Manila

The Philippine Navy today welcomed Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Murasame-class destroyer JS Akebono (DD-108) at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila today for a three-day goodwill visit.

“About 200 officers and crew, including Japan Coast Guard personnel are onboard the visiting Murasame-class destroyer headlined by the commander of JMSDF’s Escort Division 5, Capt. Josuke Nakamura. DD-108 also carries two SH-60K patrol helicopters,” the Philippine Navy said.

According to Philippine Navy, the JS Akebono just completed its 5-months tour as part of the Combined Maritime Task Force 151 anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

The said task force is mandated to deter and disrupt piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment, particularly in the Somali Basin and Southern Red Sea.

The Philippine Navy also noted that JS Akebono was the ship that responded to a distress call from a Singapore-flagged tanker after one Filipino crew accidentally fell and injured his head in the Gulf of Aden. DD-108’s medical team provided first aid and airlifted the injured Filipino to Djibouti for further medical attention.

“This visit translates to another gesture of fostering goodwill that contributes to the furtherance of friendship between the PN and JMSDF established through the years. It further promotes and sustains peace and stability in the region,” the Navy said.

Source: http://www.navy.mil.ph/pn_web_news.php?news_id=1862