- 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 the visit
A Japanese warship docked at the Alava Pier in Subic Bay for a four-day goodwill visit and 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 the ship carried four helicopters and 360 crew members.
The Inquirer noted that the ship‘s port call in Subic Bay marked the third time Japanese ships visited the Philippines this year. Previous visits included the arrival of Minesweeper Division 51 on March 2 and the submarine Oyashio along with two destroyer ships on April 3.
“We want to deepen the relationship with the Philippines,” Ise Captain Masaki Takada said during a press briefing.
Takada said they will 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 the visit will further strengthen the relation between the two countries.
“This visit will further strengthen our relationship with them. We have a strong relationship with them already but we want to enhance that,” Philippine Navy Captain Samuel Felix said.
JS Ise’s goodwill visit will end on April 29.