23 April 2016

Japanese carrier docking at Subic port for goodwill visit

The JS Ise (DD-182), one of the most modern ships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will be docking at Subic port this coming Tuesday, April 26.

The goodwill visit aims to strengthen maritime relationship between the JMSDF and the Philippine Navy and promote regional peace and stability.

Hyƫga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (file photo c/o https://www.pinterest.com/bingal0/warship-aircraft-carriers/?from_navigate=true)

It also aims to enhance maritime cooperation amid China’s aggressive action on disputed territories in the South China sea.

Commissioned on August 21, 2009, the JS Ise of JMSDF is the second largest carrier ship that has a capacity to carry and house four rotary-winged aircraft. She weighs 13,950 tons and can cruise at speeds beyond 30 knots.

A Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer, the ship is also the second to be named Ise, the first being the Imperial Japanese Navy World War II-era battleship Ise.

The vessel was built by IHI Marine United and commissioned into service on March 16, 2011. It is commanded by Capt. Masaki Takada.

During the post-typhoon Haiyan disaster relief efforts in the Philippines, JS Ise assisted the country as part of the Japan Self defense Force’s Operation Sankai.

Philippine Navy spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo, meanwhile, said they will render the customary welcome ceremony upon the arrival of the vessel to be followed by a port briefing aboard ship.

Takada will also hold a press briefing upon arrival at the said port.

During the visit, JMSDF delegates will visit the San Antonio, Zambales-based Naval Education and Training Command which is situated about 613 kilometers distance from South China sea. (Franco G. Regala, Manila Bulletin)