Two Japanese warships arrived in South Harbor, Manila on Wednesday for a goodwill visit that will last until April 5, 2014.
JS Shirane (DDH 143) and JS Asatuki (DD132) of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) headed by Capt. Hideto Ikeda, Commander of JMSDF Escort Division 13 were welcomed by the Philippine Navy representatives upon their arrival at Pier 15 of the South Harbor.
Capt. Ikeda together with the commanding officers of the two ships visited the Headquarters of the Philippine Navy and the Navy Vice Commander, Rear Adm. Isabelo H Gador.
The visit will include activities such as sport competitions, ship tours and receptions to promote cooperation between the two navies.
Moreover, personnel from the Philippine Fleet and Defense Acquisition System Assessment Teams (DASAT) for frigates will be given an opportunity to familiarize with the advanced weapon and communication systems of the guest ships.
Press Release, April 3, 2014; Image: Philippine Navy