Japanese destroyer JS Amagiri now in Philippines

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Asagiri-class destroyer, JS Amagiri (DD-154) is now in Manila for a goodwill visit. The Japanese warship arrived at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila and will stay until Sunday, February 4.

JS Amagiri is visiting with one SH-60J helicopter and approximately 200 officers and crew on board, the Philippine Navy said.

The foreign navy ship was accorded customary meeting procedures in vicinity waters of Corregidor Island by BRP Rajah Humabon (PS11). The Philippine ship escorted it to its designated anchorage area.

“Similar to 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 and shipboard tour on JS Amagiri. A send-off ceremony with customary Passing Exercise (PASSEX) will cap off their port visit on February 04,” the Philippine Navy said.

“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.

Source: http://www.navy.mil.ph/pn_web_news.php?news_id=1792