Japanese destroyer Asagiri docks in Subic

Japanese Ship (JS) Asagiri (DD-151) carrying more than 200 sailors and skippered by Cmdr. Yuuichi Haeno berthed here todayfor a goodwill visit to the Philippines that will conclude on Thursday, September 26.

An internationally observed meeting procedure was rendered by Philippine Navy (PN) ship BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS35) in the vicinity of Morong, Bataan for the arriving vessel.

DD-151 is the front runner of eight general purpose destroyers in the service of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) mainly tasked with anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.

PN delegation headed by Cmdr. Rey Leo Z Pambid, the Superintendent, Naval Enlisted Personnel School Center of Naval Education, Training and Doctrine Command accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival at the port followed by a briefing related to security and health aboard the Japanese ship.

JMSDF delegates headed by Commander Yuuichi are scheduled to render a courtesy call to the commander of Naval Education, Training and Doctrine Command, Rear Adm. Allan Ferdinand Cusi on the duration of the visit. Also, PN personnel will have the opportunity to look inside the destroyer and mingle with Japanese counterparts during the shipboard tour.

A send-off ceremony with customary Passing Exercise (PASSEX) will cap off said visit. This visit came a day after two Japanese minesweepers concluded their goodwill visit in Manila and marked the seventh time they visited the Philippines this year.

The PN always considers it a privilege to accord visitors a fitting reception as it is an avenue to showcase the Filipino hospitality and ultimately sustain and enhance the maritime cooperation between the neighboring nations toward regional peace and stability