Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Escort Flotilla Four has arrived at Alava Wharf in Subic for a goodwill visit that will conclude on Wednesday, September 5, the Philippine Navy said.
The Japanese flotilla is composed of helicopter carrier Japanese Ship (JS) Kaga (DDH-184) with five embarked SH-60K patrol helicopters, an Akizuki-class destroyer JS Suzutsuki (DD-117), and a Murasame-class destroyer JS Inazuma (DD-105) headeed by Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda.
Sealift Amphibious Force Commodore Antonio C. Palces led the Philippine Navy’s welcoming delegation.
“[B]oth navies share strategic partnership and common interest of a peaceful and stable region and rules-based approach to international engagements and resolution to conflict – the Philippine Navy gladly welcomes the JMSDF and the opportunity to further prove these shared commitments,” Palces said.
Fukuda said their mission “is intended to improve operational capability and promote interoperability and cooperation with partner navies, while contributing to peace and stability in the indo-Pacific region.”