MANILA, – The Escort Division Seven of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), comprised of Murasame-class destroyer, Japanese Ship (JS) Yuudachi (DD 103) and Asagiri-class destroyer, JS Yuugiri (DD 153), berthed here today at around 8 o’clock in the morning for a goodwill visit to the Philippines that will conclude on Sept. 1, 2016.
The JMSDF vessels were met by Barko ng Republika ng Pilipnas (BRP) Ramon Alcaraz (FF16) in the vicinity of Corregidor Island and were escorted to their designated anchorage area. This meeting procedure is an internationally-observed naval tradition where the host ship meets the visiting ship/s and escorts them to their port of call.
Representing the Flag Officer in Command, Philippine Navy (FOIC, PN), Capt. Primitivo S. Decio, led the PN delegation who welcomed the visiting navy. A port briefing related to security and health was conducted aboard one of the visiting vessels.
JMSDF delegates headed by Division Commander, Capt. Takashi Inoue, are set to render a courtesy call to the FOIC, PN, Vice Adm. Caesar C. Taccad on the duration of the visit.
Series of confidence building activities between the visiting navy and their Filipino counterparts will be undertaken such as shipboard tour on board the Japanese ships and reciprocal receptions.
The visit aims to continue enhancing the already strong relationship between the PN and the JMSDF. It is a demonstration of fostering commitment to the cooperation between the two nations which benefits regional peace and stability.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Yuudachi (DD 103) Murasame-class destroyer and Yuugiri (DD 153) Asagiri-class destroyer.