Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Asagiri-class destroyer JS Setogiri (DD-156) is currently in the country for a scheduled regular goodwill visit.
The Japanese destroyer was welcomed Philippine Navy on May 25 at Pier 15, Manila South Harbor. It is expected to end visit Saturday, May 26.
A Japanese navy contingent is aboard the destroyer headed by JMSDF Escort Division 7 head Captain Susumi Moriyama, and JS Setogiri skipper Commander Tokeshi Tonegawa.
“There is nothing unusual, their frequent visit to our country – this is a regular port visit and we welcome navies that plan to visit us,” Philippine Navy spokesperson Captain Lued Lincuna said.
“It will further contribute to promote peace, security and stability in our maritime region,” he added.
Sources: http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1036409; https://www.facebook.com/PTVph/posts/2149883341738991