Japan Navy (JMSDF) submarine also accompanied by a two Japanese destroyers has now arrived and docked at the Alava Pier in Subic at 9 a.m. on Sunday
The three warships will be on a three-day “naval exercise” in the coast of Philippines, and then cross the disputed South China Sea, where it expects to be shadowed by the Chinese (PLA) Navy, on their way to Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam.
The visiting Japan warships are JS Oyashio (SS-590/TSS-3608) class submarine, JS Ariake (DD-109) Murasame class destroyer and JS Setogiri (DD-156) Asagiri class destroyer.
The three vessels carried more than 400 crew, according to Capt. Hiroaki Yoshino of JS Ariake.
At a briefing, Yoshino noted that their three-day visit is expected to enhance the already strong relationship between the Philippine Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Philippine Navy spokesman Cdr. Lued Lincuna said, “The visit is a customary engagement with other Navies. PN will render a customary welcome ceremony and port briefing upon arrival.”
“Part of the activity is a shipboard tour on board their vessels participated by PN delegates and to be followed by reception activity. There will be a series of confidence building activities,” he added.
Meanwhile, A Chinese foreign Minister expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition They said, it will take all necessary measures to safeguard and monitor Japan action in the South China Sea. - Carl E.