MANILA, Philippines – Yesterday October 24, prior to President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Japan, three heavily armed warships from Japan arrived in Manila.

Philippine Navy (PN) official said, the 3 vessels – JS Kashima (TV-3508), JS Setoyuki (TV-3518) and JS Asagiri (DD-151) are here until October 27 for a five-day goodwill visit in the country”.

Aboard are the training squadron of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), composed of 190 Japanese crews and officers for a series of meetings with their Philippine counterparts.

Three Japanese warships arrived in the Philippines –

During the arrival of three Japanese warships in the vicinity of Corregidor Island, a customary welcome was conducted by the Philippine Navy vessel BRP Rajah Humabon (FF11), where it escorted the vessels to their berthing area.

Navy official said in his statement that “the visit is another gesture of fostering goodwill which contributes to the furtherance of friendship between the PN and JMSDF established through the years with continuing commitment to promoting naval diplomacy and camaraderie.” – JCE.