The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) vessel, JS Samidare (DD-106), with two SH-60K patrol helicopters and 200 crew onboard yesterday arrived at Subic Bay Freeport for a goodwill visit until Sunday, 19 May.
The JMSDF contingent is led by the Capt. Takahiro Nishiyama, commander of Escort Division Four.
In his speech, Nishiyama said the purpose of their visit is to deepen and strengthen their cooperation with the Philippine Navy (PN) through various exchanges and interactions.
“I believe that this visit will make a great contribution to further strengthen relations between our two countries,” Nishiyama added.
The visit was also seen to further enhance and sustain the promotion of peace, stability, and maritime cooperation between the two countries through naval diplomacy and camaraderie.
They were welcomed by their counterparts from PN headed by Capt. Jose B. Petilla Jr., who represented the Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad.
They accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival followed by a press briefing and health and security briefing aboard JS Samidare.
This was the first visit of JS Samidare in the Philippines while this is the second visit of the JMSDF this year and the eighth since 2016.
As in their previous visits, there will be a scheduled courtesy call to the commander, naval education, training and doctrine command.
There will also be pre-coordination meetings, reciprocal reception and shipboard tour.