JAPAN DESTROYER SHIP ARRIVES IN MANILA FOR GOODWILL VISIT
A Japan maritime self-defense force vessel, Japanese Destroyer Ship Setogiri (DD-156) docked at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila on Friday morning for a two-day goodwill visit.
The Japanese destroyer ship, with one helicopter on board, was escorted by the delegates of the Philippine Navy from the vicinity of Corregidor Island to Manila Port.
Captain Joselo Tuballa of the Philippine Navy led the welcoming ceremony of more than 200 Japanese officers and crew onboard, headed by Captain Susumi Moriyama, Commander of Escort Division VII and Commanding Officer Tokeshi Tonegawa.
Last February, JS Amagiri arrived at the port of Manila, followed by JS Akizuki and JS Osumi in April.
According to Captain Tuballa, the visit aims to strengthen ties between the Japanese and Philippine government as well as its navy-to-navy relations.
Aside from boosting maritime cooperation between the two nations, Captain Moriyama said the visit also aims to promote peace, stability and freedom of navigation within the region.
During their stay, a series of confidence building activities will be conducted with the Philippine Navy as well as tours in top tourist destinations in Manila.
A send-off ceremony will also be conducted with customary passing exercise with the Navy's biggest and fastest ship, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar.