PHOTOS: Duterte visits Japanese helicopter carrier

President Rodrigo Duterte visited Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Escort Flotilla Four docked at the Alava Pier in Subic, Zambales on September 1.

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).

The President was accorded with foyer honors upon his arrival at the JS Kaga (DDH-184).

The Japanese flotilla’s visit is Japan’s way to enhance its operational capability, promote cooperation, and facilitate interoperability with partner navies in South Asia and Southeast Asia.