Japanese destroyer arrives in Manila for a goodwill visit

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  • A Japanese naval destroyer has arrived in Manila on Friday
  • It is scheduled for a two-day goodwill visit until Sunday
  • Personnel from Philippine and Japanese Navy are expected to play sports onboard the destroyer

MANILA, Philippines – A Japanese naval destroyer has arrived in Manila for a two-day goodwill visit on Friday, February 2.

The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) vessel JS Amagiri (DD-154), an Asagiri-class (General Type) Destroyer with one SH-60J helicopter is currently docked at Pier 15 of the Manila South Harbor.

According to Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna, the Japanese vessel will stay in Manila until Sunday, February 4.

It was met by the Philippine Navy vessel BRP Rajah Humabon in Corregidor which escorted it to the port.

The JS Amagiri is being commanded by Commander Michiaki Mori. He is scheduled to pay a courtesy call to Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad on Friday along with Captain Koji Saito, commander of Escort Division Two of JMSDF.

“Our both countries share the core value that emphasizes the free and open ocean based on the rule of international law or freedom of navigation,” said Sato in a statement.

Members of the Philippine Navy and their Japanese counterparts will be playing basketball and soccer onboard the destroyer.

“In order to maintain or further strengthen this common free and open maritime strategy, cooperation between our two nations, especially navy to navy relations, is becoming much more important,” the Japanese Navy official added.