Japanese Navy flotilla arrives in Subic for 3-day visit
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—A flotilla of Japanese defense vessels arrived here on Sunday (June 30) for a three-day goodwill visit.
The flotilla, belonging to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, is composed of three of Japan’s biggest military ships. One was a helicopter carrier.
At least 850 Japanese Navy officers and men were welcomed by Filipino counterparts at the Alava Pier here.
Philippine Navy officials said the Japanese maritime force was here for a series of “confidence-building measures.” They did not elaborate.
Last May 5, however, two Japanese vessels and the Philippines’ BRP Andres Bonifacio conducted maritime exercises in the West Philippine Sea with ships from the United States and India. JOANNA ROSE AGLIBOT (Editor: Tony Bergonia)