MANILA, Philippines – JS Setogiri (DD-156), an Asagiri-class destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), arrived in Manila Friday, May 25, with one helicopter and approximately 200 officers and crew on board.
Its one-day goodwill visit is the 4th visit of a JMSDF ship in the Philippines in 2018. Previously, JS Akizuki and JS Osumi made port visits in April, while JS Amagiri docked here in February.
Philippine Navy (PN) delegates, headed by Captain Joselo Tuballa, welcomed their Japanese counterparts at Pier 15 in South Harbor, Manila. They held a briefing on health and security aboard the Setogiri.
Representatives of the two navies will also hold goodwill games and a boodle fight.
The Japanese maritime officials, headed by Captain Susumi Moriyama and Commander Tokeshi Tonegawa, were expected to pay a courtesy call to Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad at the PN headquarters.
In a statement on Friday, the PN said: "The visit aims to strengthen the relationship between the two navies. It will further enhance and sustain the promotion of peace, stability, and maritime cooperation of the two countries through naval diplomacy and camaraderie.
The Setogiri will leave the Manila port on Saturday, May 26. – Rappler.com
Photos courtesy of the Philippine Navy