Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship arrives in the country, conducts exercises with BRP Jose Rizal

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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) JS Suzutsuki (DD-117) arrived in Subic Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, Zambales today, April 10 for a port call to the Philippines.

JS Suzutsuki (DD-117) is escorted by Philippine Navy frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) who earlier conducted Passing Exercises (PASSEX) with the former. A simple welcome ceremony was also accorded to the visiting JMSDF vessel upon her docking at Subic.

The visit to the country of JS Suzutsuki is intended for routine port replenishment and rest for the crew who are having their Overseas Training Cruise.

The arrival of the Japanese contingent in the country and the accommodation and support being extended to them underscores the strong bilateral relations between the Philippines and Japan. Both countries espouses the promotion of peace, stability, and maritime cooperation in the region.

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