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Japan self-defense force vessel in Manila for goodwill visit

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By Francis Wakefield

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) vessel, JS IKAZUCHI (DD-107) with two SH-60K patrol helicopters and 220 crew onboard berthed at South Harbor, Manila on Tuesday for a goodwill visit to the Philippines.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Vessel Murasame-Class Destroyer, JS IKAZUCHI arrives for three days goodwill visit at Pier 9 in Manila, January 29, 2019. (Czar Dancel/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Vessel Murasame-Class
Destroyer, JS IKAZUCHI arrives for three days goodwill visit at Pier 9 in Manila, January 29, 2019. (Czar Dancel/ MANILA BULLETIN)

It will be in Manila until Thursday, January 31.

The Japan Navy contingent is led by the Commander of Escort Division One, Captain Ryoko Azuma.

In her speech, she stated that the purpose of their visit is to deepen the partnership with the Philippine Navy through various opportunities and interaction.

“I believe that this visit will make a great contribution to the strong relations between our two countries.” Captain Azuma said.

Philippine Navy (PN) delegates headed by Capt Mardonio Navarro, representing the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy (FOIC, PN), Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad, accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival followed by a press briefing and health and security briefing aboard JS IKAZUCHI.

This is the first visit of the JMSDF this year and the eighth time since 2016. It is also the first time for JS IKAZUCHI to visit the Philippines.

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