Philippine Navy to hold joint training with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force

3:08:00 PM
MANILA, -- The Philippine Navy (PN) announced that it will conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster response, maritime search-and-rescue, and maritime situational awareness training and cooperation with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF).

This was disclosed by PN spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo Tuesday.

"This is part of the customary engagements that the PN does with navies sojourning the Philippines. These are the activities lined-up for the JMSDF country visit on June 22-26, 2015," he added.

The JMSDF will deploy a Lockheed P-3C "Orion" maritime patrol aircraft in the above-mentioned exercise.

Arevalo stressed that these confidence building activities aim to foster camaraderie, nurture established friendship, and promote interoperability of the two navies.

"This Navy-to-Navy engagement envisions to share new tactics, techniques, and procedures as well as best practices to further maritime operations especially now that the Philippines is nearing the rainy season," he added.

"Finally, the ensuing staff-to-staff talks during the visit shall strengthen and institutionalize information-sharing between the PN and JMSDF to step-up maritime situational awareness," the PN spokesman said.

The the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C "Orion" maritime patrol aircraft.

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