03 April 2016

Japanese warships visit Subic Bay

Japanese submarine JS Oyashio (SS-511), along with two destroyer ships JS Ariake (DD-109) and JS Setogiri (DD-156), docked here in Subic Bay this morning (April 3) for a goodwill visit to the Philippines that will conclude on April 6.

JS Oyashio, skippered by Cdr. Nishioka Tetsuo, represents the Training Submarine Division 1 of the Japan Maritime self Defense Force (JMSDF). JMSDF Division 1 is headed by Capt. Hiroaki Yoshino.

Crewmembers of the Japanese submarine JS Oyashio (SS-511) stand on deck as their vessel approaches the
Alava Pier of the Subic Bay Freeport on Sunday. The Oyashio, escorted by the destroyer ships JS Ariake
(DD-109) and JS Setogiri (DD-156), arrived here for a goodwill visit to the Philippines. (AMD.MPD-SBMA) 

On the other hand, JS Ariake and JS Setogiri, skippered by Cdr. Yoichi Kuruzoe and Cdr. Fumihito Takeshita respectively, compose the JMSDF's Destroyer Escort Division 15 headed by Capt. Hurihiko Morisita.

Capt. Samuel Z. Felix, Philippine Navy deputy commander of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), representing the Flag Officer in Command, led the country's delegation who welcomed the visiting Japanese forces at the Alava Pier in Subic Bay Freeport.

A Philippine Navy marching band welcomes the Japanese destroyer ship JS Ariake (DD-109) as it docks at the
Alava pier of the Subic Bay Freeport on Sunday, March 3. The Ariake, along with another destroyer, the
JS Setogiri (DD-156), served as escorts to the Japanese submarine JS Oyashio (SS-511). (AMD/MPD-SBMA)

In a press statement, Capt. Lued Lincuna of the Naval Public Affairs office said the visit is expected to enhance the already strong relationship between the Philippine and Japanese navies.

At the same time, it fosters committed cooperation between the two nations which benefits regional peace and stability, Lincuna said.

A series of confidence-building activities between the visiting navy and their Filipino counterparts, particularly Philippine Navy personnel assigned at NETC in Zambales, will be conducted.

These activities range from shipboard tour of the Japanese ships, to goodwill games of football and basketball. (RBB/MPD-SBMA)