Japanese helicopter carrier docks at Subic
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – A Japanese helicopter carrier arrived here on Tuesday (April 26) for a four-day goodwill visit and maritime training between Japanese and Filipino Navy personnel.
JS Ise (DDH 182) of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) docked at the Alava Pier at about 9 a.m. and was welcomed by the Philippine Navy marching band.
The naval destroyer warship carried four helicopters and 360 crew members, said Capt. Masaki Takada, commander of JS Ise. The ship’s port call in Subic Bay marked the third time that JMSDF vessels visited the country this year.
Previous visits included the arrival of Minesweeper Division 51 on March 2 and the submarine Oyashio (SS-551) along with two destroyer ships on April 3.
At a press briefing next to the ship, Takada said their visit strengthens the relationship between the country’s navy and the JMSDF. During their stay, the Japanese navy personnel would visit the Naval Education and Training Command in San Antonio, Zambales. Philippine Navy personnel will also go on a shipboard tour inside the Japanese ship. CDG
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