JS Osumi Japan

Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force landing ship tank carrying more or less 140 officers and crew docked in Manila on Thursday for a three-day goodwill visit.

JS Osumi, the frontrunner of the Osumi-class tank landing ships in the service of the Japanese Navy, docked at Pier 15 in Manila South Harbor.

This is the third Japanese Navy ship to visit the country following JS Akizuki earlier this month and JS Amagiri in February.

“Heading the visiting more or less 140 officers and crew are the commander of Landing Ship Division One Capt. Tomonori Kobayashi and ship’s commanding officer Capt. Yuji Horikawa,” Philippine Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said earlier this week.

A port briefing on security and health with the Philippine Navy will be conducted aboard JS Osumi.

The goodwill visit comes weeks before the launch of the annual Balikatan exercises between the United States, Japan and the Philippines.