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Japanese helicopter carrier, destroyer dock in Subic Bay
By Ashley Manabat

Jun 15, 2017

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Two Japanese naval ships carrying about 800 troops recently arrived in this freeport for a four-day goodwill visit. On hand to inspect the vessels were government officials led by President Duterte.

The helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183), described as Japan’s biggest warship since World War II, and guide-missile destroyer JS Sazanami (DDG-113) docked at the Alava Pier here.

The Japanese warships belonged to the Escort Flotilla One of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) were commanded by Rear Admiral Yoshihiro Goka who said the visit was held, not only to receive supplies, but also to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the Japanese people and the Filipinos.

“I am sure that we could deepen the bilateral relationship [between our countries] and strengthen the ties between the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Japanese Navy by conducting these events,” he remarked.

Goka also emphasized that since both countries are maritime states, pursuing open and stable seas based on the rule of law is necessary to ensure peace and stability in the region.

“Japan and the Republic of the Philippines share a number of issues in non-traditional security areas such as maritime security, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response. In recent years, the bilateral cooperation has become deeper and stronger, since both navies [PN and JMSDF] have been conducting bilateral exercises continuously and frequently,” he stressed.

“Based on the strong bilateral relationship and mutual trust, I will deepen the ties between our navies. I am also looking forward to promoting regional peace and stability together with PN,” Goka said.

The Philippine Navy vessel BRP Raja Humabon (FF11) escorted the two vessels to the berthing area, said Capt. Lued Lincuna, director of Naval Public Affairs Office.



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