SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE — A helicopter carrier and destroyer of the Escort Flotilla One of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) arrived Sunday, June 4, at the Alava Pier for a four-day goodwill visit.
Escort Flotilla Commander Rear Adm.Yoshihiro Goka said the visit was held, not only to receive supplies, but also to promote mutual understanding and friendship.
“I am sure that we could deepen the bilateral relationship [between our countries] and strengthen the ties between the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Japanese Navy by conducting these events,” he remarked.
Moreover, Goka emphasized that since both countries are maritime states, pursuing open and stable seas based on the rule of law is necessary to ensure peace and stability in the region.
“Japan and the Republic of the Philippines share a number of issues in non-traditional security areas such as Maritime Security, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response. In recent years, the bilateral cooperation has become deeper and stronger, since both Navies [PN and JMSDF] have been conducting bilateral exercises continuously and frequently,” he stressed.
“Based on the strong bilateral relationship in mutual trust, I will deepen the tie between our Navies. I am also looking forward to promoting regional peace and stability together with PN,” Goka ended. –Jean Ricelle A. Aquino