Japanese destroyer to visit Manila for a goodwill visit
A Japanese warship will dock in Manila this week for a 2-day goodwill visit.
The Philippine Navy will welcome the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s Asagiri-class destroyer JS Setogiri (DD-156) with one helicopter onboard on Friday.
In a media advisory, the Navy said the Japanese warship will dock at Pier 15 in Manila Bay until Saturday.
“Composed of approximately 220 officers and crew, the Japanese contingent will be headed by Captain Susumi Moriyama, commander of Escort Division Seven and Commander Tokeshi Tonegawa, commanding officer of JS Setogiri,” the Navy said.
Japan has been increasing its military assistance and alliance with the Philippines, as both countries share a rival claimant in China over the East China Sea and South China Sea. /je
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