- A Japanese aircraft carrier docked at Alava Pier in Subic Bay for a four-day goodwill visit.
- The ship’s port call in Subic marked the third time Japanese vessels visited the country.
- A maritime training between Filipino and Japanese naval personnel will be conducted during visit.
AJapanese aircraft carrier warship docks at Subic Bay for a goodwill visitand maritime training between Filipino and Japanese naval personnel.
The JS Ise of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force arrived at the Alava Pier at around 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26.
The Philippine Navy marching band welcomed the warship’s arrival.
Captain Masaki Takada, commander of JS Ise, said that the ship carried four helicopters and 36 crew members.
The Inquirer noted that the ship’s port call in Subic Bay marked the third time Japanese ships visited the Philippines in 2016.
Previous visits included the arrival of Minesweeper Division 51 on March 2, 2016 and the submarine Oyashio along with two destroyer ships on April 13, 2016.
At the press briefing, Captain Takada said:
We want to deepen the relationship with the Philippines.- Captain Masaki Takada
Capt. Takada also said that they’ll visit the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), which is commanded by Rear Admiral Renan C. Suarez in San Antonio, Zambales, while personnel of the Philippine Navy will go on a shipboard tour inside the Japanese warship.
A Filipino navy captain said that the visit will further strengthen the relation between Japan and the Philippines.
Captain Samuel Felix said:
This visit will further strengthen our relationship with them. We have a strong relationship with them already, but we want to enhance that.- Captain Samuel Felix
JS Ise’s goodwill visit will end on April 29, 2016.